April 16th, 2018
First day of construction for the competition rocket. The motor casing was used as a plug for the motor tube, the first completed part of the rocket. The aluminum stock was covered in a layer of Mylar and epoxy and wrapped with carbon fiber cloth.
April 14th, 2018
The team finished the development for our technique to manufacture carbon fiber tubes for our competition rocket, Lazarus. A final test piece was created to test our standard operating procedure. Carbon fiber cloth was cut to size, cleaned and ironed. Afterwards, it was laid on top of our plug and wrapped while epoxy was squeegeed on top of the cloth. Once completed, the team vacuum bagged the same and let it dry.
March 31st, 2018
The team met to finish construction of our mid-sized rocket "Big Bertha" in the University's Unit Operations Lab. Finishing work on the rocket was performed to make sure that components fits together and masking was performed to prepare the rocket for painting. Final painting was performed as well as the creation of stencils to add team logos and the rockets name.
March 28th, 2018
The team began fabrication of components for the competition rocket "Lazarus." We began cutting stock into more manageable sizes to prepare for milling. The also began learning the program Mastercam to allow us to CNC Mill components.
March 10th, 2018
The team met in the Unit Operations Laboratory once again to work on the construction of our mid-sized rocket "Big Bertha." The rocket is 10' 6" tall and is designed to reach an altitude of 10,000 ft. Sanding was performed on the fins and bottom body tube to all for the epoxying of the motor tube and fins. Fin spacers produced in our additive manufacturing facility reduced the amount of time required to center the fins.
March 3, 2018
The team met in the Unit Operations Laboratory to begin construction on "Big Bertha" a mid-sized rocket which is going to be a test platform for new solid rocket motor designs. Sanding was performed on numerous components while other members of the team began epoxying components together.
April 4, 2018
A member finished constructing and launched their rocket "Entropy" for their level 1 certification.
April 6, 2018
Radial payload deployer nears end of fabrication and assembly
June 6, 2018
The team finished milling three of four fins for the competition rocket. The carbon fiber was laid by various club members, then machined using a tormach CNC mill in one of UNR's machine shops.
July 7, 2018
The team preparing to launch the rocket "Big Bertha" at a nearby dried lake bed. At the time, this is the clubs largest and most powerful rocket.
November 7, 2018
Fluid simulation for an air brake design. The air brake design is intended to reduce the velocity of the rocket during ascent in order to more precisely control it's apogee.
April 2, 2019
Members finished designing the payload deployment system for the team's next competition rocket, a simplified and more reliable version of the previous year's system.