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ENGR 100.980:  Rocket Science (CLaSP)


Alan Hogg (TechComm),

Evan Radeen (TechComm),

Chris Ruf (CLaSP)

Fall Term

“What we try to stress in this particular section is, how to take a very large question or problem, break it down into components, and then try to analyze each of those components.”

– Aaron Ridley

Course Description:

Rocket science, how we use rockets to move stuff around the Earth and throughout the solar system, is a confluence of several engineering fields including mechanical, aerospace, and electrical engineering as well as computer science. When a system is built, its performance is measured and compared against expectations given the design. In this section, you will learn the skills to design, build and deploy a sensor package to measure the performance of a small rocket that you will also design and build. You will learn:

    • Practical skills from several engineering fields including CAD and using and programming a microcontroller
    • Solving complex problems using the engineering method
    • Understanding the cycle of a project through the conception, requirements flowdown, design, build, test, deployment, analysis, documentation, and reporting processes.

Term Project:

Design, build, and deploy a small rocket with a sensor package in it. Measure the characteristics of the rocket’s flight and compare that against its expected performance


Collecting data with an Arduino microcontroller and analog sensors; designing systems with CAD; soldering; building and testing a system; and validation of performance using computer models.

Three students in goggles smiling and looking at laptop screen
Four students in goggles huddle over laptop
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