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Washington State University Aerospace Club

Meet the Crimson Fire Rocket!!!

Rocket all together!

WSU Aerospace club has been working tirelessly to get the rocket fully assembled so that the components that go into the rocket can start to be put in.Our rocket this year is 12.2 feet tall! which is almost twice the size of last year’s rocket the Carbon Cougar which was 6.5 feet tall. We have our first test launch in Mansfield, WA on April 23rd (weather depending) we hope that we can get one successful launch in before competition! We are so excited to compete in the IREC competition in Green River, Utah on June 15th! Go Cougs!

Aerodynamics/Structures Update

Aerodynamics/Structures has been doing great! Since we have figured out how to manufacture tubes with no wrinkles, we have been able to make our three body tubes.

Member Katlyn Struxness (5’3″) next to the bottom section of the rocket that was taken out of the oven
First body tube layup! This tube is one of the two 35″ tubes for the upper section of the rocket!














There are only two separation points on the rocket, which is at the nose cone and then between the upper section and lower section. We had to layup 3 tubes because the upper section is 70 inches long and wouldn’t fit in the oven to cure. What we are doing to alleviate this issue is to have a coupler that will be permanent to join the two 35 inch sections to make the full upper body section. With the couplers made the week before spring break, last weekend we were able to put all three sections of the rocket together!

All Three sections together standing in the WSU Aerospace Club room
All Three sections together standing in the WSU Aerospace Club room

As you can see, this is a pretty tall rocket, and this is without our nosecone and boat tail. The final height of the rocket will be 12.1 feet tall! This is a huge difference from our 2015 rocket which was 7 feet tall with a 4 inch outer diameter. With a bigger rocket we have more opportunities to be creative with our payload and recovery system (more on those components later!). We also have made half of a nosecone and will be using a joggle to join the two halves together; a joggle is like an insert for the inside of the nosecone. It will be offset on the inside of the nosecone and will be used as a guide to join the two halves together. Since the boat tail and fins have been made we really wanted to see them on the rocket so we have attached them. There are centering rings that insert into the fins from the inside of the body tube which reinforces the strength of the fins as well as holds the motor in place.

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Fins with the centering rings
All body tubes, fins and boat tail assembled!


The next steps for Aerodynamics/Structures are to epoxy in the coupler for the upper section, put bulkheads in the rocket (pictures to come for the bulkheads), and finish the nosecone.