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Patch Contest

NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
First Nations Launch 2022

First Nations Launch LogoPATCH DESIGN CONTEST
13TH Annual Competition

Deadline: February 21, 2022


Design the 2022 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:2021 Winning FNL Patch Design created by Alex Armendariz from Cal Poly Pomona

  • 2022
  • First Nations Launch
  • 13th Annual (optional)

Required Logos:
Logos are available at

  • NASA
  • FNL

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

Design should be submitted in a digital format.  Hand-drawn designs may be converted to a digital image 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)

 Design entry must be 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

Designer of the winning design will be awarded a $100 cash prize and their design will be the official 2022 competition patch distributed to all participants.

WSGC and the contest organizers:

  • Reserve the right to not 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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