Who We Are:
NYU Rogue Aerospace is New York University's only student-led, competition-based rocketry team dedicated to providing real-world aerospace experience and application to students of all backgrounds. Our mission is to design, build, launch, and analyze reusable rockets as a multidisciplinary team, giving students hands-on exposure and experience in the rapidly evolving aerospace industry. This past year, we competed in the Battle of the Rockets competition, which required us to design both a rocket as well as a payload in the form of a rover. Our rocket carried the payload to 1000 ft, and upon descent, it deployed the rover which performed a series of tasks, including traversing 5 ft while collecting a variety of soil samples among others. This competition challenged the team to be proficient at both rocketry and robotics, and NYU Rogue Aerospace came away with 3rd place in Overall Design!
This current year we are branching out and challenging ourselves with new competitions, mainly the NASA Student Launch Initiative, and the SAE Aero Design Competition. The NASA SLI requires us to design a rocket and payload which can reach an altitude of 4,500 ft and for the payload to deploy, land safely, and take a 360-degree panoramic photo. We recently submitted our team's proposal and were selected among 46 teams nationally to compete. Read more on NASA's website here: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/releases/2020/new-challenge-no-problem-says-artemis-generation-46-teams-selected-for-nasa-student-launch.html The SAE Aero Design Competition challenges us to design and construct a small scale remote-controlled plane that is capable of carrying loads a certain distance within a 6-minute timeframe. Read more about that here: https://www.sae.org/attend/student-events/sae-aero-design-knowledge
Rogue Aerospace was founded by four people with big dreams and even bigger rockets. We saw that NYU did not have a large scale rocketry team, and we sought to change that. Our first steps were to establish ourselves as professional rocketeers, with five members seeking official High Powered Rocketry Certifications (HPR) under the National Association of Rocketry. By the end of the Summer of 2018, all 5 members successfully obtained HPR 1 Certification. In October, another member attained his Level 2 HPR certification. Currently, as of Fall 2020, over 10 members of Rogue Aerospace hold their Level 1 certification, with many more interested and currently undergoing the process! Our activity and involvement at NYU has skyrocketed, with our induction into the VIP (Vertically Integrated Projects) Program at NYU, which has provided us with resources that we could not have dreamed of just mere months ago. As a result of being under NYU's project umbrella, we have been given opportunities to showcase our achievements to influential members of the NYU community, including President Andrew Hamilton, Dean Jelena Kovačević, and even Grammy-nominated artist Chandrika Tandon. As of Fall 2020, Rogue Aerospace currently has 90+ members, 40% of whom are women. Within our team, members hail from 3 NYU schools representing 10+ diverse majors. Rogue Aerospace is committed to being a cross-school community that teaches, trains, and equips students of all backgrounds for exciting opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
2019-2020 Battle of the Rockets Team Photo!
Battle of the Rockets Subscale Launch and Training Day!
Jefferson Hu (left) with Alice Zhang (right) holding Jefferson Hu’s HPR 2 certification rocket with NYU President Andy Hamilton (middle)
Dean Jelena Kovačević alongside Karey Zheng, Jefferson Hu, and Sally Thompson
Our passion for rocketry cannot be said in words, but rather through actions, and NYU Rogue Aerospace can only go further from this point on. Partner with us and your donations will allow students to continue pursuing their sky-high dreams and make ourselves a contender in the future of collegiate competitive-based aerospace. Our goal of $7,500 would immediately help us pay for necessary materials, competition and transportation fees, testing, and would benefit students to come through our in-house research and training program. We look forward to partnering with you and a gift of any size is greatly appreciated!
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