Traveler IV Launch

Congratulations Traveler IV!

On April 21, 2019 students from the University of Southern California launched the Traveler IV rocket from Spaceport America in New Mexico. The vehicle flew successfully, landing under a parachute nearby several minutes later. This launch was the culmination of years of work to design and build a rocket at a university. Every effort was lead…

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Hermes 2 Reveal

It has been a while since we’ve posted an update here, so I’d like to introduce you to the team’s current project. Hermes 2 is a rebuild of last year’s vehicle with dozens of improvements. Some of the most visible ones include the motor case-as-airframe design (saving several pounds of airframe), ablative leading edges on…

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100% 3D Printed Solid Rocket Motor!

At 11:50 A.M. on April 21 MIT Rocket Team successfully fired a rocket motor printed from plastic! We think this is the first time anyone has done so. Matt V, Kelly M, and Charlie G. have spent the past two weeks working with our generous supporters at Markforged to design and print the pieces necessary…

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Raziel 1

Rocket Team has spent the past semester designing, building, and iterating. Now we’re ready for flight. Raziel 1 represents an iteration on the Therion air frame, utilizing a similar structure, similar avionics, and building on our recovery scheme from last year. On the 18th of January we assembled the rocket completely for the first time…

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Pyxida Flight Computer

For the last year Avionics has been developing a custom flight computer named “Pyxida.” The development program has been amply arduous to make us appreciate the wonder of technology that is the Pyxida. Pyxida was concieved as a device that would allow our rocket to complete whatever mission it needed to. Pyxida is a sensor…

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Intro to Rocketry

As part of MIT Rocket Team’s mission, we help all our members learn the basic principles of rocket science and then apply them by constructing their own personal high powered rocket. One of our team members (Zach B. ’17) has written an excellent article on the basic physics and engineering behind rockets. He even includes…

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Lab cleanout

Alongside working on actual rockets, we’ve also been hard at work cleaning and renovating our lab! Here’s a quick snapshot from our most recent lab cleanout session.