AIAA 2017: NU HOPE
I was co-lead of Northeastern's 2017 NASA Student Launch Team, NU HOPE. The team had a wonderfully successful launch, reaching an altitude of 5,194 feet, just 86 feet from the target altitude of 5,280 feet! The team protected the mystery payload provided by NASA and recovered the entire rocket in one piece (a first for AIAA Northeastern at NASA SL).
AIAA 2016: NU SPACE!
I had the immense pleasure of being able to spend the spring semester of my freshman year on the NU SPACE team for the AIAA chapter of Northeastern! As a part of the NASA Student Launch competition our objective was to create a rocket that reached an altitude of a mile while carrying two scientific payloads. I specifically worked on the CDLE (Controlled Descent and Landing Experiment) team which created a quadcopter payload that was intended to be folded up in the launch vehicle and then ejected via a black powder powered piston when the rocket reached apogee. CDLE would house the second payload, ATMOS, which would take atmospheric and topographic measurements as the quadcopter would autonomously descend to a pre-determined GPS location. Although we didn’t get to launch CDLE in the rocket at the competition for safety reasons it was still a blast to make and the entire experience of being on the team and visiting the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center for our competition was priceless!