OVERVIEW

PSP-SA competes annually

in the New Mexico

Spaceport America Cup.

 

PSP Spaceport America (SA), previously known as PSP Solids, is dedicated to the manufacturing and launch of a student-built rocket. The team aims to compete at the Spaceport America Cup annually in New Mexico. With the rebranding of the team, the main objective has shifted toward teaching new members about rocketry basics. Project Icarus has taken full swing with this goal in mind and will be flying to an altitude of 10,000 feet at the June 2022 competition in the “Commercial Off-The-Shelf” (COTS) motor category.

PROJECTS

Icarus (2021-2022)

Mission Result: TBD
Design Phase: September 2021 – December 2021
Apogee: TBD (Projected 10,000 ft)
Motor: Aerotech M1845NT-PS
Airframe: 5” Fiberglass
Top Speed: TBD (Projected 965 ft/s)
Payload: Onboard dual-camera video transmission

SUBTEAMS

Structures

The PSP-SA Structures Team designs and tests student-built rocket components. This team is focused around the research and design of the airframe, fins, and nose cone. This year, they are responsible for designing an aluminum fin can and researching composite materials.

Avionics & Recovery

The Avionics and Recovery Team dedicates its time to the programming, fabrication, and design of all flight computers and sensor components in addition to the testing of rocket recovery systems. It works closely with the other teams to integrate all data necessary for a successful flight.

Payload

The Payload Team’s main objective is to design a payload to meet all of the competition requirements. This year, the payload consists of a dual-camera transmission system.

Manufacturing

The PSP-SA Manufacturing Team works closely with the Structures Team to fabricate student researched and designed components. The team provides consulting on the ease and capability of components to be developed.

Propulsion

The Propulsion Team is dedicated to the research and design of a solid propellant rocket motor. The team is utilizing a commercial motor for this year’s competition in hopes to develop these ideas further.

SUPPORTERS
Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation

Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation

February 29, 2020

Ansys

Ansys

February 29, 2020

The Boeing Company

The Boeing Company

March 17, 2021

BurnSim

BurnSim

February 29, 2020

PESC

PESC

February 8, 2021

Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics

February 29, 2020

Purdue University Bechtel Innovation Design Center

Purdue University Bechtel Innovation Design Center

March 17, 2021

Purdue Propulsion

Purdue Propulsion

February 29, 2020