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Collegiate Rocket Competition

Unique NASA Opportunity to Launch Rockets (2018-2019)

Informational Telecon: October 11, 2018 @ 7 pm (262.551.2124)
Notice of Intent to Compete Deadline: October 16, 2018
Selection Announcement: October 29, 2018
Advisor Award Acceptance Due:  November 7, 2018
Virtual Kick-off Meeting*:  November 8, 2018 @ 7-8 pm CST
Meeting Number:  998 220 653     Password: design
Audio Connection:  414-221-8000 (WebEx)     Access Code: 998 220 653
Safety Meeting @EAA AirVenture Museum-Founder’s Wing*:  March 30, 2019 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) 
Oral Presentation @Carthage College*:  April 26, 2019
Launch Competition - “Ground Excursion Module (GEM)”  @Richard Bong Recreational Park*: April 27, 2019
Rain Date: April 28, 2019
*Mandatory Meetings
A calendar of events fully detailing program due dates is included in the competition handbook.

Announcement of Opportunity 2019
Competition Handbook 2019 (See Student Tools & Tips)

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

First Place: Rocketeers, University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley
Second Place: Wildcat Rocketry, University of Wisconsin - Washington County
Third Place: Pioneer Rocketry II, University of Wisconsin - Platteville

See a list of current and past award recipients

Awards*: Mission Grand Champion - $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.
**Awarded to highest scoring team that successfully completes the mission and all aspects of the competition.

University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley1st Place Winners  - 2018

University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley
1st Place Winners - 2018


Purpose:  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.


rocket on the rail


Competition Engineering Parameters:

Student teams will be required to design, construct and fly a high-power, one-stage rocket that will, following apogee, land safely under an operating parachute(s) and deploy a Ground Excursion Module (GEM) that will move under its own power, without external control. 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 for the rocket 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, achieves an apogee closest to their predicted altitude as reported in the team’s Final Design Report (FDR) and whose GEM traverses the farthest distance in the allowed time.

The competition will include three 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


Cesaroni Technology Inc.:
CTI 38mm 5grain: J357-B, J285-C, J270-G, J335-R, J290-W
CTI 54mm 4grain: K630-B, K445-C, K400-G, K500-R, K520-W

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 13, 2019. 

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)    

Submit a Team Travel Reimbursement Form accompanied with original receipts to:
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI  53140
ATTN:  Lisa Crumble

 *NOTE:  Only one travel reimbursement per team for competition weekend.


Univerisity of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

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.

See a list of current and past award recipients

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
  • Submit Student Stories

 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
  • 2-3 Photos

 Winning Teams

  • Present project at the 29th Annual Wisconsin Space Conference
  • Submit a proceedings paper for the 29th 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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