Who are we?

The Cal Poly Pomona NASA Student Launch Team is a group of nine aerospace engineering students with a passion for rocketry. Competed in NASA's 2013-2014 Student Launch Competition with our rocket, the Phoenix. We completed preliminary design review, critical design review , flight readiness review, launch readiness review, and flew on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah! After submitting our post launch assessment review, we were informed that we placed 5th in the competition!

More information about NASA Student Launch can be found here:
2013-2014 NASA Student Launch

You can learn more about our university by following the link to the university homepage:
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

The Project

Project Phoenix consists of a two-stage launch vehicle, approximately 10 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter, and several payloads: a Staging Clamp Coupler (StaCC), Clamshell payload fairing, and a camera-equipped ground hazard detecting capsule, the Cam-Ra. The vehicle will achieve an altitude of approximately 9,800 feet above ground level and approach speeds of mach 0.64.

Project Phoenix Vehicle

Staging Clamp Coupler (StaCC)
designed to be a reusable alternative to explosive bolt stage separation. Exhaust gases from the sustainer stage displaces a piston, causing the staging clamps to actuate and separate the booster from the sustainer. Ground testing of a half-scale model has proved successful, and the device will be test flown on our half-scale launch vehicle in February 2014.

Staging Clamp Coupler (StaCC) Assembly

Named after the Eye of Ra, a being from Egyptian mythology. The Cam-Ra is our eye in the sky: it will detect hazards (black tarps) during its descent back to Earth. The Cam-Ra utilizes an Adafruit Raspberry Pi computer and camera board to analyze imagery of the Earth's surface. Will then be downlinked in real-time for display on a ground station.

Cam-Ra Hazard Detection Payload

BEAK Fairing
Encapsulates the Cam-Ra, protecting it from the flight environment during ascent. It features a spring-loaded base to allow the halves of the fairing to easily separate at apogee.

BEAK Payload Fairing