PSP-HA is a student team
dedicated to the research of
experimental high-altitude rockets.
PSP-HA is determined to launch and recover a two-stage payload-carrying high-altitude rocket beyond the Karman Line. Student subteams are created by student research interest area, which include avionics, build and integration, business, information technology, manufacturing, payload, propulsion, recovery and staging, simulation, structures, and systems and safety.
The PSP-HA Avionics Team is dedicated to the design, programming, and fabrication of rocket flight computers, battery systems, and separation mechanisms. Avionics works with other subteams as well to ensure all rocket electronics are properly implemented and tested.
The build and integration subteam is responsible for the successful fabrication of the rocket and are the workhorses when it comes to launch day preparation. This subteam follows the design and procedures given by other subteams to build the vehicle and its components. Build and integration works out at the Aerospace Science Laboratory at Purdue University to build jigs, plan assembly, and integrate subsystems together. Whether it is screwing in bolts or drilling holes, if there is a tool involved, this subteam is all over it.
The PSP-HA Business Team ensures the team as a whole has the necessary resources and community connections required to run smoothly. This includes connecting with both local and non-local businesses as well as reaching out to students, professors, and other rocket teams.
The information technology subteam provides the team with the electronic resources and assistance needed throughout the development of the project. This includes CAD software, PDM software, and Simulation software along with assistance in fixing issues within these programs. By integrating professional-level design software like Solidworks, information technology is giving our members the opportunity to develop skills that can be directly applied to future careers in engineering.
The PSP-HA Manufacturing Team works to bring computer-designed ideas to life in the machine shop. Utilizing the Bechtel Innovation and Design Center, the PSP Solids Manufacturing Team uses the waterjet, CNC mills, CNC lathes, and drills to manufacture custom-designed rocket parts.
The PSP-HA Payload Team is responsible for designing small science payloads to be taken for flights on both high-powered and high-altitude rockets.
The PSP-HA Propulsion team designs and tests students researched and designed rocket motors. The team utilizes Purdue University’s Zucrow Propulsion Laboratories to mix fuels and test these custom motors.
The PSP-HA Recovery & Staging Team is responsible for the testing of recovery and staging systems. This team’s goal is to ensure the rocket effectively separates, lands safely back on the ground, and recovers flight parts and onboard data.
The PSP-HA Simulation Team aims to predict rocket conditions and properties. Using Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis, and Six Degree of Freedom models, the team is responsible for predicting flight conditions and supporting design decisions.
The PSP-HA Structures Team designs, fabricates, and tests student-built rocket hardware and equipment. This team is responsible for the research and design of major rocket hardware, including the airframe, fins, and nose cone.
The PSP-HA Systems and Safety Team is centered around subteam integration, research, and launch procedures. Testing ideas on a small scale and working with all the keys is the name of the game for the systems side of this subteam. Safety procedures and equipment procurement is the other side, keeping the team safe while working on their projects.