The SUSF Rocket Altitude Record Attempt (RARA) is progressing well, even in the current restrictive circumstances only allowing online meetings. The team has recently invested in most of the hardware for this project, including the motors for initial testing and the final record attempt.
The design of the fin can (fins, motor retention and boat tail) and nosecone is progressing well. The team members have designed some very innovative concepts regarding the motor retention while maintaining an aerodynamic profile. They have also 3D printed the first prototype of the parts in PLA (a biodegradable plastic).
The launch dates set out in the initial project proposal are still achievable, Covid-dependent, so all fingers are crossed.
Success Criteria will include:
Construction of a strong and lightweight rocket
Testing this design using smaller motors to lower altitudes
Making the top three altitude records for F-class motors
Breaking the current record of 4368 feet
Demonstrating the reusability of the rocket over a period of time