2021 SPACEPORT AMERICA CUP
We are entering in our 5th Spaceport America Cup. Having missed our opportunity at the 2020 Spaceport America Cup, we now intend to fly in the 30,000ft COTS category.
As always, we fully intend on manufacturing all body tubes and internal components in house. We are anticipating the continuation of the 2020 Spaceport America Cup payload, as well as will continue to optimize the strength and weight of our carbon fibre body tubes, through rigorous testing.
Update 02/17/2021: The team was just made aware of Spaceport America Cups decision to move this years competition online. While devastated to think of spending yet another summer without a trip to New Mexico, our team has decided to compete in this years virtual competition. We are excited about the opportunity to display our hard work despite the difficult circumstances, and look forward to launching Howards Rocket II to 7,000 ft AGL at Camden, SC in the fall.
2021 ARGONIA CUP (Cancelled)
We are excited to announce our first ever entry in the Argonia Cup, which will continue to expand the Clemson Rocket Engineering horizons. Being manufactured mostly by new members, we expect this rocket to diminish the learning curve for entry level rocketeers through hands on design and manufacturing experience.
Update 01/21/2021: The team has been informed that student club travel of any kind will not be funded in the Spring 2021 semester, and as result the Clemson Rocket Engineers will not be able to participate in the 2021 Argonia Cup. Despite the inability to travel to Argonia, the hard work put into this project will not go to waste, the team will still manufacture the rocket and plan to launch as soon as possible.
2020 SPACEPORT AMERICA CUP
We are entering in our 4th Spaceport America Cup and have decided that our team will ultimately benefit the most from competing in the 10,000ft COTS category. We are hoping that walking before running will allow us to fine tune "Deshauns Arrow II", and compete with every school at IREC.
This rocket will once again only use in house manufactured carbon fiber body tubes as well as custom made electronics and student machined internals. This years payload will also be deploying, and descending under its own parachute, while performing various cold gas thruster burns to control rotation.
Update: Due to COVID-19, this years entry was ended short. The bulk of the 2020 rockets design is intended to be used in the 2021 Argonia Cup.
2019 SPACEPORT AMERICA CUP
We are entering in our 3rd Spaceport America Cup and this year we are taking a giant step forward and competing in the 30,000ft COTS category. We will be taking a commercial solid rocket motor and using it to propel "Howards Rocket" as high as an airliner.
The rocket will use our student made carbon fiber body tubes as well as custom made electronics and student machined internals. We will have 3 GoPro cameras recording inside of a tuned mass damper to film the ride in June of 2019
Update: After an incredible flight to ~22,000ft AGL, we recovered the payvionics bay and the nosecone. Due to a shock cord failure we were unable to recover the booster tube. When the smoke cleared we finished at an astounding 44th out of 109 teams, a great step in the right direction.
Working with NASA and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, we are designing a soft body robotics experiment that will fly into space on a Terrier-Malamute rocket. This will help enhance our payload and avionics skills as well as provide valuable data for soft body robotics research on Clemson's campus. We are aiming to launch from Wallops Island in the summer of 2019 and test the experiment at an altitude of over 100km.
We will be sending 5 students to NASA's Rock-On workshop where our members will create payloads from kits and launch them on a NASA rocket.
2018 SPACEPORT AMERICA CUP
We are entering in our 2nd Spaceport America Cup and this year we are aiming to improve upon our 2017 entry, with another 10,000 ft COTS rocket. We are hoping to launch and recover "TIGER-1" for the clubs first ever rocket launch in New Mexico.
The rocket will use our student made carbon fiber body tubes as well as custom made electronics and student machined internals. This years payload will be a deployable drone that will aid in the recovery of the rocket.
Update: The team worked tirelessly to achieve the launch at Spaceport, but were unsuccessful in getting the rocket prepared for flight before judging was closed. However, the range was still open, and the team did not give up and were able to launch TIGER-1 to 7,000 ft above the New Mexico desert, recovering all components successfully.
2017 SPACEPORT AMERICA CUP
We are entering in our 1st ever Spaceport America Cup and like most new rocketry teams, we intend on competing in the 10,000ft COTS category. We are please to announce the clubs maiden rocket "Deshauns Arrow" a play on words of Deshaun Watsons passing touchdown celebration.
The team will manufacture all carbon fiber body tubes as well as all metal interior components. We will also use a completely custom avionics system, also designed and manufactured solely by students in our club.
Update: Due to various complications, the team was unable to launch Deshauns Arrow at the 2017 Spaceport America Cup. A few months later, however, the team drove to Bayboro, NC and were able to successfully launch the teams first ever experimental sounding rocket.