Launch System & Rocketry Education

Launch Systems & Rocketry Education (LASRE)

Launch Systems & Rocketry Education (LASRE)

Overview Taking a systems engineering approach is vital for engineering, math and science students. Traditional curricula don”t provide enough exposure to full life-cycle development of aerospace products and only limited hands-on experience. This program will develop hands-on skills for engineering students and provide them with experience in all aspects of product development, from requirements definition to the actual test of an aerospace product. When students reach university level studies, their education progresses to the design, fabrication and testing of rocket systems. Working in larger teams in a multi-year project, students work with industry personnel to design and construct a rocket engine, and then take the engine through testing. Students learn what it takes to design real-world hardware and gain an appreciation for quality control, testing, measurement, and in-depth problem-solving skills. The climax is the live firing of the engine that has been developed through the project. Valuable skills are gained in the process. Participants become fully immersed in aerospace technology development. The multi-disciplinary nature of the work benefits students pursuing not only aerospace careers, but also students who pursue and career in which math, science, engineering or related skills are desired. Further, the teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and communication skills benefit all students in all fields. Goals of the Program
  • To provide hands-on experience and education to engineering students developing flight-worthy hardware and processes
  • To provide engineering students with full life-cycle system development experience beginning with requirements specification through design, fabrication and flight
  • To encourage cooperative endevours between academia and small aerospace businesses in Florida, as well as larger companies
  • Encourage students in future aerospace pursuits
  • Providing students with mentoring from experience industry professionals
  • Apply the skills and interests developed in the program to all areas and subjects of learning
Learning From Others This program is patterned after the successful CALVEIN (California Launch Vehicle Education Initiative) program at California State U. at Long Beach and is intended to provide students with hands-on experience designing, developing and testing a rocket propulsion system. It involves university undergraduates and graduate students partnered with industry professionals in a multi-year program: basics and beginning design work in the first year, development the next year followed by fabrication and testing. The CSULB and the CALVEIN program are “developing an augmented aerospace system design curriculum. This program develops hands-on skills for engineering students and provides them with experience in all aspects of product development, from requirements definition to the actual test of an aerospace product. While the present program focuses on low cost access to space, the curriculum is flexibly structured so that it can be applied to other space-oriented objectives.” We intend to learn from the experience of CSULB and the lessons that they and their partners have learned, including:
  • Set achievable goals: technically & in terms of schedule and cost
  • Need to establish a schedule with measurable milestones and need to STICK to the schedule
  • Students need NOT design/ build/ test everything
  • Focus on incremental improvements
  • Student projects need experienced mentors on both technical and management aspects
  • Students put more attention and effort into a piece of hardware which they truly believe is going to fly
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