The North Dakota Student Rocket Initiative Project (STRIPE) is a two component program. The first component is building a large reusable launch vehicle to launch experimental student projects to high altitudes. The Large Rocket Vehicle is designed, fabricated, and operated by about 30 UND and NDSU students. The rocket was designed to be modular to accommodate several launch configurations. There are two fin-can configurations one with a single 98mm motor and the other is a central 98mm motor and four 75mm motors, sending the 18 foot 11.5 inch diameter rocket to about 25,000 feet. There are three electronics bays, one to control the deployment of the drogue (small parachute ejected at apogee) and deployment of the main parachute at 1,500 feet, slowing the rocket to a safe descent rate. The second electronics bay controls the air-started four 75mm motors, ensuring the safe ignition of motors at burnout of the main 98mm motor. The third electronics bay will be used in the 5-motor configuration to control the student payload/avionics/nose cone section which will separate from the fin-can at apogee.
The avionics bay will have telemetry and video components. The telemetry will be used to give 3-D tracking and digitized visualization of the flight and the video will supplement the data with recorded high resolution movies. Test launches will be conducted in May 2007 and student payload launches will occur in the spring of 2008. The students have also designed and built a mobile launch facility.
The second component is a contest where students compete for a chance to fly their experiment in the Large Rocket Vehicle. Eight Teams across North Dakota universities and colleges will compete to become one of three teams that will participate in a full-scale development of their scientific payload. The experimental payload will be launched with the North Dakota Large Rocket Facility. The three teams will be chosen based on a proof of concept of an experimental rocket payload. This will be demonstrated by having each team build a high-powered rocket and launch their proposed proof-of-concept scientific payload. Proposals for the student rocket payload concept can be submitted anytime until November 2, 2007. Proposals will be judged and those selected will build a proof-of-concept rocket. The student will fly their proof-of-concept rocket in the spring of 2008. The students then have a chance to fly there full experiment in the large rocket vehicle.
This project will continue every year depending on continued funding. To help support this project and get your company logo on the rocket and on our website contact the Physics
or Space Studies
departments at the University of North Dakota.