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Patch Contest

14 th Annual Competition



February 20, 2023


Design the 2023 First Nations Launch High-Power Rocket Competition Patch.
Application & Patch Template


Undergraduate students attending a Tribal College or University (TCU), a Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution (NASNTI), and/or who are members of an active AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) collegiate chapter.


Moon Challenge: GPS data logger
Mars Engineering Challenge: Cold gas thruster system
NOTE: Both themes must be incorporated into a single patch design

Moon Challenge
Teams shall design and construct a dual deploy high-power rocket with a GPS data logger onboard. The flight shall be stable and reach an apogee of 3,000ft AGL. Teams shall reconstruct a 3D trajectory of the rocket flight from the data collected from liftoff until landing and plot it against a satellite imagery map. The trajectory plot will verify a stable ascent.

Mars Engineering Challenge
Teams shall design and construct a dual deploy high-power rocket with a cold gas thruster system that controls the rocket’s Z-axis angular velocity (roll rate) during the coast phase of its ascent. At motor burnout, the thrusters shall increase the rocket’s roll rate from 0 revolutions per minute (rpm) to 120 rpm, maintain 120-240 rpm for 3 seconds, then decrease to 0 rpm before apogee. A gyroscope sensor and an external camera is required to verify the roll rate was achieved. An altitude range of 2,000 - 4,000 ft AGL is allowed.

Required Lettering 2022 Patch Winner, Evie Clarke, University of Colorado, Boulder

  • 2023
  • First Nations Launch
  • 13th Annual (optional)

Required Logos

  • NASA
  • First Nations Launch

See the required logos

2021 Winning patch design (right) created by Alex Armendariz from Cal Poly Pomona.


The design should be submitted in a digital format. Hand-drawn designs may be converted to digital images if selected. Suggested tools for creating your design include but are not limited to:

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • Microsoft Word


Designs can be square or circular, no larger than a 4” diameter. A border must be a part of the final image.

Entry Information

Submit entries to the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium

  • Subject line: FNL22_Patch Contest
  • Applicant Information:
    • Name
    • Home Mailing Address
    • Phone Number
    • Email
    • Academic Institution
    • AISES Chapter (if applicable)

 The design entry must be the entrant’s original design. It may not be copied or traced from another source.

Evaluation Criteria

The following evaluation criteria will be equally weighted.

  • Design Aesthetics
  • Communication of Mission Theme
  • Communication of the Spirit of FNL


The designer of the winning design will be awarded a $100 cash prize, and their design will be the official 2023 competition patch distributed to all participants.

WSGC and the contest organizers

  • Reserve the right not to use any entries submitted for the patch contest.
  • Will honor the original artwork composition as much as possible. Changes made to the design will only be made when necessary to create the final patch design.
  • Reserve the right to exclusively authorize the reproduction of the winning design.
  • Reserve the right to utilize the patch imagery in future NASA, WSGC, and First Nations Launch marketing.
  • Cannot confirm individual designs have been received.
  • Have the right to use the winning applicant’s name and image without compensation.
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