RockSat Rocket Payloads
Through suborbital rocket programs, students learn how to build experiments for the space environment: vacuum, temperature extremes, radiation, and microgravity.
Carthage students participate in the Colorado Space Grant Consortium’s RockSat sounding rocket payload programs. Students spend nine months designing and building a payload experiment for launch aboard a NASA two-stage sounding rocket from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, VA.
Carthage students also participate in the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Collegiate Rocket Launch Competition.
Recent Payload Projects
- Mission: Measure Very Low Frequency (VLF) Electromagnetic Radiation in the upper atmosphere to infer ionospheric dynamics.
- Advisor: Brant Carlson
- Team: M. Becher, A. Boissonnas, S. Bradshaw, M. Hernandez, N. Lee, A. McCulloch, B. McMahon, J. Rice, and T. Shannon.
- Mission: Investigate Normal Field Instability in ferrofluid suspensions during low gravity excitation in a uniform magnetic field.
- Advisor: Kevin Crosby
- Team: Brendan Krull, Kevin LeCaptain, Tessa Rundle, Justin Barhite, Amelia Gear
- Final Report
- Mission: test the ability of an experimental modal analysis (EMA) technique to measure the volume of a settled, non-sloshing propellant simulant under microgravity conditions.
- Advisor:Kevin Crosby
- Team: Steven Mathe, Kevin Lubick, Eric Ireland, Steven Metallo