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NASA’s Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition

Unique NASA Opportunity to Launch Rockets (2018-2019)

Informational Telecon:  September 25, 2018 @ 7:00 PM; January 19, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Contact James Flaten,, for call-in information
                                      Call 605-475-5900 then enter 125345#
                                      Informational Telecon Slide Presentation
                                      Informational Telecon Audio Recording September 25, 2018
MnSGC Notice of Intent to Compete Deadline:  October 1, 2018
WSGC Notice of Intent to Compete Deadline:  October 16, 2018
WSGC Award Announcement:  October 29, 2018
Registration Fee Due:  January 31, 2019
Declaration of Attendance Due: February 8, 2019
Safety Meeting @EAA AirVenture Museum:  March 23, 2019 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Launch Competition in North Branch, MN:  May 18-19, 2019 (Rain Date May 20, 2019)
“Efficient Supersonic”


Award:  Up to $2,400 (Reimbursement provided through WSGC Program Office:  $2000 Project Award, $400 Registration Fee)
*Subject to the availability of funds

About the Program:  The Minnesota Space Grant (MnSGC) announces NASA’s Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Launch Competition. This competition is an opportunity for students to design and construct rockets to be launched at a competition in the spring of 2019 in North Branch, Minn.

WSGC Announcement of Opportunity
MnSGC Announcement of Opportunity
MnSGC Notice of Intent to Compete
MnSGC Competition Handbook

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) will sponsor up to three (3) teams with prior rocket experience to compete in the national competition. 

Note:  Teams selected to participate in the Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition may only receive funding for one WSGC sponsored rocket competition.  Individuals cannot compete on a Collegiate Rocket Launch team, but are encouraged to mentor a Collegiate Rocket Launch team.  

To Apply

A faculty advisor must complete the following steps:

If applying for both the Collegiate and Midwest Rocket Competition, please indicate in the Rocket Launch Team NOI which competition is the school’s preference.   

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
  • include Graduate students* as long as they represent less than 50% of the team members

Competition Engineering Parameters

College-student teams will design and construct an “efficient supersonic” single stage, dual-deploy-required, high-power rocket that will fly twice in the competition. Rockets will fly first on a Cesaroni 491-I-218-14A “White Thunder” (1-grain, 54 mm diameter) motor – unlikely to go supersonic, but for head-to-head comparison of maximum altitude, speed, and acceleration. The second flight can be on any Cesaroni or AeroTech I-class or J-class motor and will be rated based on going supersonic but doing so as “efficiently” as possible – that is, using the lowest possible impulse motor and only going slightly faster than the speed of sound. See details below regarding a “figure of merit” to help define “efficient” in this context. The rocket must also carry a non-commercial data-logging sensor suite to characterize flight performance including (at least) axial acceleration, velocity, altitude, rotation about rocket axis (AKA “roll”), and ambient pressure in the av-bay. Extra points will be awarded to rockets with a camera system that can see launch, landing, plus the deployment/inflation of both parachutes and also to rockets that carry a radio telemetry system capable of sending flight performance data to the ground during the flight, to be relayed to the judges before the rocket lands. Note that all fabrication work on the rocket (except for possible machining of plastic and/or metal parts) must be performed by students.

Award Acceptance Components:  As part of the award acceptance, awardees will be asked to attend the Annual Wisconsin Space Conference as outlined in the award agreement and 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


  • Institutional W9
  • Invoice

Team Lead

  • Submit all MNSGC documents to Gary Stroick with Minnesota Tripoli Rocketry Association by due date
  • Upload copies of all MnSGC documents to WSGC Grant Management page
  • 2-3 Project Photos
  • Final Team Roster

 All Team Members

  • Attend the WSGC Safety Review Meeting at EAA
  • Oral Design Presentation
  • Launch Competition
  • Present project at the 29th Annual Wisconsin Space Conference
  • Submit a proceedings paper for the 29th Annual Wisconsin Space Conference online journal

The WSGC Student Tools & Tips website is an excellent resource for all of your Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Launch Competition 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.  

Application questions may be directed to Dr. Farrow, or the WSGC Program Office.
Logistical questions may be directed to James Flaten, .
Technical questions may be directed to Gary Stroick, .

Please direct 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 the 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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