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NASA Student Launch
2018 Competition

The Mission

8 Months.
5,280 Feet.
1 Rocket.

We are Wichita State Launch and we're the first-ever team to represent Wichita State University at NASA's Student Launch competition. Starting August, 2017 we will design, build and test a solid-powered rocket to be launched in April, 2018 at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Hunstville, AL.

The rocket will launch to an apogee altitude of exactly 1 mile above the Earth. Upon a successful landing, an autonomous rover will deploy from our rocket carrying a set of foldable solar panels. So wish us luck!

The Team

  • Ben's Picture



    A lifelong Wichitan, Ben will be the project's Propulsion lead. He will also be team's Safety Officer, making sure all operations and activities are conducted safely.

  • Jublain's Picture



    With his hands-on technical knowledge, Jub will be the team's Airframe lead and Resource Coordinator. He will source components and oversee construction.

  • Mohamed's Picture



    As a rocket aficionado, Mohamed will be in charge of rocket Stability & Recovery. He will verify stability, develop avionics, and design the team's rover payload.

  • Tarun's Picture



    Tarun will be the project's Aerodynamics lead. As also the Engagement Coordinator, helping the team reach and engage students and the community.

  • Dr. Miller's Picture

    Dr. Miller


    As the Chair of, and a Professor in, the Aerospace Engineering department, Dr. Miller will review team progress and offer general guidance along the journey.

  • Dr. Dutta's Picture

    Dr. Dutta


    As an Aerospace Engineering Professor with a strong interest in space applications, Dr. Dutta will offer insights and feedback on vehicle and payload design.

  • Sam's Picture



    With his background in high powered rocketry as Vice President of the Wichita State Rocket Club and a Level-2 TRA certification, Sam will be the team's mentor.

The Documentation

  • Team Proposal
  • Preliminary Design Review (PDR)
  • Critical Design Review (CDR) Available January 12th, 2018
  • Flight Readiness Review (FRR) Available March 5th, 2018
  • Post-Launch Assessment (PLAR) Available April 27th, 2018