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Collegiate Rocket Competition

Unique NASA Opportunity to Launch Rockets (2017-2018)

Informational Telecon: October 5, 2017 @ 7 pm (262.551.2124)
Notice of Intent to Compete Deadline: October 16, 2017
Selection Announcement: October 30, 2017
Virtual Kick-off Meeting*:  November 9, 2017 @ 7-8 pm (Telecon # 262.551.2124)
Kick-off Meeting Presentation:
Kick-off Meeting Coursesite Online Presentation: 
Course Access Code:  CRL2018_is_go
Advisor Award Acceptance Due:  November 13, 2017
Safety Meeting @EAA AirVenture Museum*:  March 17, 2018 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Oral Presentation @Carthage College*:  April 20, 2018
Launch Competition - “360 View”  @Richard Bong Recreational Park*: April 21, 2018
Rain Date: April 22, 2018
*Mandatory Meetings
A calendar of events fully detailing program due dates is included in the competition handbook.

Announcement of Opportunity 2018
Competition Handbook 2018
Competition Handbook 2018 (Rev. 11.10.17)  
Competition Handbook 2018 (Rev. 11.28.17) 
Competition Handbook 2018 (Rev. 12.11.17)

Congratulations to last year’s Collegiate Rocket Launch Competition Winners!

First Place: Rocketeers, University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley
Second Place: Pioneer Rocketry II, University of Wisconsin - Platteville
Third Place: Whoosh Generator, Milwaukee School of Engineering

See a list of current and past award recipients

Awards*: 1st Place - $3000; 2nd Place - $2000; 3rd Place - $1000
Team Funding*:  up to $675 rocket supplies and equipment, flight competition motor and flight data recorder
Travel Funding*:  based upon round trip travel to and from competition (see chart below)
* Subject to availability of funds.

Rocketeers, University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley (2107)Rocketeers, University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley (2107)

The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium’s (WSGC) Collegiate Rocket Competition is intended to supply teams of affiliated university students with the opportunity to demonstrate engineering and design skills through direct application.  It allows the teams to conceive, design, fabricate and compete with high powered rockets.  The restrictions on rocket motors and dimensions are limited so that knowledge, creativity and imagination of the students are challenged.  The end result is a great aerospace experience for students that would not otherwise be available in the region.

It is the purpose of this Announcement of Opportunity to support the innovative, visionary projects that are student-led and designed to fully realize WSGC’s goal of assisting in training the next generation of aerospace professionals.

About the Program:  The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) announces the Annual Collegiate Rocket Launch Design Competition. This competition is an opportunity for students to design and construct rockets to be launched at a competition in the spring from Richard Bong State Recreational Area, Kansasville, WI. 

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) will sponsor up to twelve (12) teams - one team per academic institution.  To qualify for the competition, interested teams of 4-6 students will be required to submit a Notice of Intent to Compete, in which they name their team members and committed faculty mentor. Teams are allowed to seek advice from Industry, Tripoli, NAR, and others. Teams do not need to have prior rocket experience.
Note: Teams selected to participate in the Collegiate Rocket Launch Competition may only receive funding for one WSGC sponsored rocket competition.  Individuals selected to compete in the Collegiate Competition cannot compete on a Midwest High-Power Rocket Launch team, but are encouraged to shadow a Midwest High-Power Rocket Launch team.  Only six (6) students can register per Collegiate team on the WSGC registration site.

To Apply:  A faculty advisor must complete the following steps:

Once the faculty advisor completes the Notice of Intent (NOI), identifies the team name, lists the known student participants, and chooses which competition the team will compete in, each student will need to:

Application Requirements:  Team/Individual applicants who meet the following requirements can apply for this grant by registering and applying online at

 Individuals/teams may:

  • seek advice/mentorship from Industry, Tripoli, NAR, and others
  • compete without experience (Teams will be given the basic training and information required)

Groups of students wishing to be paired up with like-minded students at other affiliate institutions should contact the WSGC Institutional Representative for their campus. Members of groups underrepresented in aerospace disciplines are particularly encouraged to participate.

*Individual students cannot participate in more than four WI Collegiate Rocket Competitions.

Competition Engineering Parameters:

Student teams will be required to design, construct and fly a high-power rocket that will photograph a horizontal, 360-degree view of the terrain surrounding it following landing.  In addition to being recovered safely and in flyable condition, its flight performance must be accurately predicted. Students must perform all work on the rocket - no professional assistance is permitted. The rocket is required to use electronic deployment of the recovery parachute and motor deployment as a backup. A downed rocket location aid must be included in the design. All structural components and materials must be obtained from reputable high powered rocketry vendors or an engineering analysis demonstrating their suitability must be included with the design. The winner of the flight portion of the competition will be the team whose rocket completes a safe, successful flight and whose rocket achieves an apogee closest to 3000 feet, as recorded by a competition-provided flight recorder.

The competition will include two written reports about the design, analysis, simulation, build, and test flight results of the rocket, an oral presentation, plus assessment of competition flight data results.  A panel of professionals will score these from both academia and industry.  Scoring of the pre-competition reports and the post-flight report will focus on the system design and its performance.  More details about the competition motor, reports, deadlines, etc. are available in the competition handbook.  

Equipment/Reimbursable funds provided by WSGC:

Required Competition
Rocket Motor

Aerotech: I327DM, I600R, J340M, J350W, J420M, J500G  
Thrust curve data can be found at:

Competition Flight Data Recorder

Raven III Featherweight Altimeters
1.80” long x 0.8” wide x 0.55” thick  (~7 gm)
Powered by a 9V battery  (~45 gm)

This recorder is separate from the team’s electronic deployment system and will be inserted at time of launch to record acceleration & altitude vs. time.

Rocket Supplies and Equipment

Reimbursed up to $675.  Submit a Team Reimbursement Form accompanied with original receipts to:

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI  53140
ATTN:  Lisa Crumble

NOTE:  Final reimbursement deadline is May 7, 2018.

Travel Award

Teams whose schools are outside the following radius (round trip) measured from Richard Bong State Park, are eligible to claim:

  • <100 miles = $0 for mileage & lodging
  • >100miles<200miles = $75 mileage & 1 night hotel (maximum 2 rooms)
  • >200miles = $125 mileage 2 night hotel (maximum 2 rooms)
    NOTE:  Teams must request travel funds and provide a Google map to the WSGC Program Office no later than January 08, 2018.

Lodging information/hotel block TBC.


Award Acceptance Components: 
As part of the award acceptance, 1st-3rd place awardees will be asked to attend and present at the Annual Wisconsin Space Conference as outlined in the award agreement and all participants will submit the following documents on the WSGC application website under Program Applications/Your Applications:

All Advisors/Participants

  • Award Agreement Letter
  • Media Release Form
  • One-Paragraph Biography
  • Professional Photo

All Team Members

  • Attend the Online Kick-off Meeting
  • Attend the Online Design Review Meetings
  • Attend the Safety Review Meeting
  • Oral Design Presentation
  • Launch Competition

Team Lead

  • Preliminary Design Report
  • Preliminary Budget
  • Demo Flight
  • Interim Progress Report
  • Final Team Roster
  • Final Design Report
  • Education Outreach Form
  • Post Flight Performance Report

Winning Teams

  • Present project at the 28th Annual Wisconsin Space Conference
  • Submit a proceedings paper for the 28th Annual Wisconsin Space Conference online journal
  • Individual W9

The WSGC Student Tools & Tips website is an excellent resource for all of your Collegiate Rocket Launch needs.  If you cannot find your answer here, questions can be sent to the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium at ,  Questions will be answered on an individual basis, and duplicate questions will be posted on WSGC’s Facebook Page.  

Please direct your questions about the Student Satellite Initiatives Program to:

Dr. William Farrow Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Carthage College
Associate Director for Student Satellite Initiatives 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, WI 53140
Milwaukee School of Engineering Phone: 262-551-6054
Phone: 414-229-3951 Phone: 262-551-6054


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This funding opportunity is made available for the pursuit of space-related research and/or activities through the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program: NASA Training Grant #NNX15AJ12H. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number for this award is 43.008.

All awards are fully competitive awards of opportunity in which applications are reviewed by a WSGC Technical Advisory Panel and other experts as needed. Awards are made by the Assistant Director based on recommendations from the Associate Director.


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