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Collegiate Rocket Competition

Announcement of Opportunity

Informational Telecon: October 3, 2022 @ 6:00 pm (Zoom)
Notice of Intent to Compete Due: October 21, 2022
Selection Announcement: October 28, 2022
Kick-off Meeting Online: November 3, 2022 @ 6:00 pm (Zoom)
Safety Review Meeting: March 25, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
@ Fox Valley Technical College
Oral Presentation at Carthage College: April 28, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Launch Competition: April 29, 2023 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Launch 2 Learn Rocket Certification WorkshopNovember 4-5, 2022
Applications Due: October 21, 2022

“Deploy Lander and Capture Panoramic Image of Landing Site”
@ Richard Bong Recreational Park

Collegiate Rocket Launch Zoom Meetings:
A calendar of events fully detailing program due dates is included in the competition handbook.


Team Challenge Awards (based on availability of funds):

Mission Grand Champion: $3000* and VIP Tour at Sierra Space in North Freedom, WI
2nd Place: $2000
3rd Place: $1000
Team Funding: up to $1,000 rocket supplies, equipment, flight competition motor,
flight data recorder, travel.
Travel Funding: based upon round trip travel to and from competition (see chart below)

*Awarded to highest scoring team that successfully completes the mission and all aspects of the competition.


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.



Student teams will be required to design, construct, and fly a high-power, one-stage rocket that, following apogee, will be recovered safely and in flyable condition, predict the rocket’s flight performance, collect down-looking on-board video and deploy a separate lander recovered via parachute that will come to rest on a deployable structure then capture a 360-degree panoramic image of its landing site. The avionic system of the lander must be controllable while on the launch pad via a wired remote with a magnetic-breakaway connector. Additional rocket parameters include the use of a rocket motor from a specified list, and dual-deploy, electronic recovery with motor-charge backup. The rocket is required to use the electronic deployment of the recovery parachute and must include motor deployment as a backup. A downed rocket location aid must be included. 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 with a combination of the best apogee as well as the accuracy of their predicted apogee.

The competition will include a series of written reports about the design, analysis, simulation, build, and test flight results of the rocket, an oral presentation, plus an 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

Teams must select one of the following:

• 38mm J270W Aerotech Single use motor
• 38mm J435WS Aerotech Single use motor
• 54mm K400C Aerotech Single use motor
• 54mm K535W Aerotech Single use motor
54mm K630BT CTI Reloadable Motor - No longer available for competition weekend

Thrust curve data can be found at:

Competition Flight Data Recorder

Jolly Logic AltimeterTwo

AltimeterTwo User Guide

1.90” x 0.7” x 0.57”, ~ 0.35 oz.

Powered by a built in, rechargeable battery.

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

Project/Travel Award

Reimbursed up to $750. WSGC provides Saturday lunch at Richard Bong Recreational Park. Teams are responsible for their own transportation to and from the safety meeting and competition locations.

Submit a Team Project Expense Form accompanied with copies of original receipts to:

Megan Goller

NOTE: Final reimbursement deadline is May 8, 2023.

WSGC Team Expense Reimbursement Instructions

Travel Award

Teams are eligible for lodging reimbursements based upon one-way mileage from Richard Bong Recreational Area to the team’s college/university. Travel budgets must be included with the preliminary budget submission.

<50 miles = no lodging
>50 miles<100miles = 1 night hotel (maximum 2 rooms)
>100 miles = 2 night hotel (maximum 2 rooms)

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

The reimbursable mileage rate is $.655/mile. Four (4) member teams are eligible for up to two (2) competition mileage reimbursements. 5-6 member teams are eligible for up to three (3) competition mileage reimbursements. All teams are eligible for one Safety Meeting mileage reimbursement.

All travel reimbursement requests must be signed and submitted by the Faculty Advisor.

To Apply:

The faculty advisor must first register with WSGC before students/team members register. One exception to the order of registration exists. If the student team lead has never registered with WSGC, he/she must register before the advisor begins the Notice of Intent (NOI).

A faculty advisor must complete the following steps:

Once the faculty advisor completes the Notice of Intent (NOI), identifies the team name, lists the co-advisor (if applicable), team lead and student participants, and chooses which competition the team will compete in, each team member (including a co-advisor) will need to:

  • REGISTER as an undergraduate student on the WSGC website ( Applicants will be prompted to update personal information annually (if previously registered).
  • Sign in, complete and submit the Collegiate Rocket Competition APPLICATION form (
  • Upload current resume to applicant profile (optional). Applicants must check the box in order to allow WSGC to share the applicant resume with Wisconsin Aerospace Industry partners for co-op, internship, and employment opportunities.
  • Submit the following information/documents during this step.
    • Other WSGC funding received
    • Team Name submitted by the Faculty Advisor
    • Resume (optional – Applicants must check the box in order to allow WSGC to share the applicant resume with Wisconsin Aerospace Industry partners for co-op, internship, and employment opportunities.)
    • Prior Rocket Experience
    • Media Release
    • Individual W9

Application Requirements:

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

  • be US citizens
  • attend any WSGC Academic Affiliate Institution full-time
  • have a committed faculty mentor
  • have a committed Industry, Tripoli, and/or National Association of Rocketry mentor
  • be comprised of 4-6 team members
  • select a team leader

Individuals/teams may:

  • compete without experience (Teams will be given the basic training and information required).
  • seek membership and Level I, II, and/or III through Tripoli and/or the National Association of Rocketry

*Note from Tripoli: Without exception, university teams must involve an experienced mentor, preferably a TAP or L3CC, during the design and construction phases of their rocketry projects if they expect to fly them at Tripoli events. The mentor must be certified at or above the level of motor the team wishes to fly AND experienced in the type of construction, propulsion, and recovery the team uses.

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, 1 st -3 rd 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 Review Report
  • RockSim model file of Preliminary Design
  • Preliminary Budget
  • Demo Flight
  • Critical Design Review Report
  • Final Team Roster
  • Flight Readiness Review Report
  • Education Outreach Form
  • Post Flight Performance Report
  • 2-3 Project Photos Featuring Team Members

Winning Teams


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: 414-277-2241 Phone: 262-551-6054
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