UVU Mechanical Engineering Capstone Project

Rocket Launch Assist System

Team Members: Christopher Ream, Nicole Flinders, Rodrigo Merino Osorno, Trenton Edwards, and Wellington Cifuentes

Poster for Rocket Launch Project

An electronically controlled vacuum chamber was designed to assist the first stage of a rocket launch. The design was chosen by using a scoring matrix created from design requirements gathered from professors and rocket clubs in the state. This vacuum chamber wastested on a 200:1 scale Saturn V model rocket. Calculations were done on the actual SpaceX Dragon rocket to ensure the design could be scaled. A CAD model of the vacuum chamber with the rocket and the MATLAB code to predict the exit velocity of the rocket were built. Prototyping and tests were performedand a final design was constructed. Results and discoveries were discussed.

Students' Presentation