ERFSEDS Icarus Sounding Rocket Program

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

NASA - Wallops Island Flight Facility


Student designed and built rockets

Project Icarus, founded in the Fall of '03 by the Embry-Riddle Future Space Explorers' and Developers' Society, is an attempt to bring student rocket projects to Embry-Riddle. The flagship vehicle, Icarus, is a two stage vehicle planning to set an altitude record for a university built vehicle and be the first two stage student sounding rocket to launch from a NASA facility.

Icarus will launch from NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility. It is expected to reach an altitude of 40 miles. Payload data will be retrieved during the flight, however Icarus will not be recovered once it splashes down.

Icarus is merely the first in what will hopefully be a long line of vehicles, each providing students with a hands-on rocket design and construction experience, and each pushing the envelope slightly more. The ERFSEDS Icarus Sounding Rocket Program has an eventual goal of creating a rocket that reaches space.

Past Milestones

ERAU Press Release                                  April 2, 2007

Wallops Post-Launch Article 

LAUNCH!                                              March 22, 2007

Wallops Launch Update

Pre-Launch Press Release                       March 19, 2007

Icarus Goes to Wallops 2                   January 2-8, 2007

"Sorry about this little snag fellas"   December 14, 2006

Icarus Has Left the Building             December 11, 2006

Altitude Switch Test                         December 5, 2006

Massive Work Weekend                   December 2-3, 2006

Launch Window Given                        November 1, 2006

Load Tests Done                                       June 3, 2006

Rocket Structure Complete                       May 28, 2006

Icarus Goes to Wallops                          March 20, 2006

Pathfinder Test Launch                             Dec. 3, 2005