Welcome to the web home of the North Dakota Student Rocket Initiative Project.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
On Sunday June 1st the STRIPE rocket, in its medium configuration (14.5 ft, 80 lbs)
made its 4th successful launch reaching 7,400 feet up on an Aerotech N2000
motor and landing less than a half mile away from the launch pad. On board
was electronics to deploy parachutes at apogee (drogue) and at 1,100 feet
(main 15 ft parachute). Also on board was a video camera that recorded the
whole flight. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ONBOARD VIDEO
We will also have onboard altimeter data that will be overlaid onto google maps
to show the flight data in 3-D. This should up on the website later this
week. Live downlink information
(telemetry) is still having problems but could be corrected with a grounding
antenna. This is
not crucial until we start reaching 15,000 - 25,000 ft. up.
The STRIPE team made up of UND physics and engineering students working over
the last 2 years have produced a reliable rocket vehicle that is ready for
transporting student designed scientific payloads to high altitudes very
fast, achieving weightlessness, and coming down safely within 1 mile.
In another rocket that was launched Sunday we tested an air-start technology
that will be used on the STRIPE rocket taking it to higher altitudes. The
rocket was Tricia Johnson's Purple Haze and successfully lit 2 rocket motors
while in flight, called air-starts. The first motor was a Cesaroni K570 (lit
on the ground), then 7 seconds into the flight two Aerotech I200s were lit
for a spectacular boost to about 6,726 ft up.
In the next configuration of STRIPE it will have a central "N" motor lit on
the ground, proceeding to air-start two "M" motors at 10 seconds, and
finally at 16 seconds air-starting two more "M" motors. We are planning on
launching this Fall 2009 to 25,000 ft high.
June 1st's launch marks four successful launches for the STRIPE rocket in
one year. Next semester we plan on launching scientific payloads and more
The STRIPE team
Map: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ONBOARD VIDEO
****IMPORTANT ROCKET LAUNCH UPDATE******
UND students will launch rockets Sunday
On Sunday, May 4, the North Dakota Student Rocket Initiative Project
(STRIPE) will launch their fourth large rocket 8,000 ft. up to test a
student-designed payload consisting of flight video and live telemetry. In
addition, three student-built competition rockets equipped with
student-designed scientific payloads ranging from Geiger counters to
particle collectors, will launch. These students are competing for a chance
to build a full-scale payload planned launch next year to 25,000 ft. in a
modified ND STRIPE rocket.
Date: We have a launch window set up with the FAA for Sunday, May 4. Weather
conditions will determine the launch day and will be announced on the STRIPE
Time: We will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until all rockets have flown
Location: 6 miles south of Larimore, ND, then 1 mile west of Kempton, ND.
(this is about a 40-minute drive from Grand Forks)
This is a public event and open to everyone. End the semester with a rocket
For more information, contact Tim Young, associate professor of physics,
Map: CLICK HERE FOR A MAP IN .PDF FORMAT
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
****Important Payload Contest Update******
The due date for proposals for the ND STRIPE Student Payload Contest has been postponed to November 30, 2007.
This is due to several universities being added at a late time. Those interested in submitting a payload proposal should read more in the contest section.
In other news the University of North Dakota's entry into NASA's University Student Launch Initiative was accepted! UND's Frozen Fury (F2) team will be competing against 11 other universities from around the nation in a student-led rocket constest. More information and a new website for F2.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Professor Tim Young was recently interviewed by the University of North Dakota's television news show Studio One. The interview is viewable at Studio One's home.
Monday, October 22, 2007
ND STRIPE's third launch on Sunday, October 21st, was a success! The onboard telemetry module gathered some great data which will be posted online this week. Below is a short video of the launch. More videos and photos will be posted in the multimedia section soon.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Our third launch launch has been scheduled for Sunday, October 21st at 3:00pm. The launch will take place at Prosper field.
Anyone interested in helping out with the final preparations is encouraged to come to any of the several workshops this weekend. The agenda for the next few days is below.
Friday: Meeting 3:00-9:00 in Witmer Hall -- finishing camera payload. test new yagi antenna.
Saturday: Meeting 1:00- 5:00 in Witmer Hall - Fitting rocket together. Last minute checks.
We would meet at Witmer at 11:00 AM to pack the rocket.
Leave witmer at noon.
Arrive at launch site 1:00.
Prep STRIPE for 2 hours.
Launch at 3:00 PM
Monday, October 8, 2007
New videos from our second launch have been posted in the multimedia section. An interview with Prof. Tim Young on Prairie Public Radio's "Hear it Now" program has been posted here.