Bulldog Rocketry Team

The Bulldog Rocketry Team from the University of Minnesota – Duluth is designing and building a rocket, propelled by a student designed hybrid engine, to fly in the 30,000 ft class at the 2018 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC). When Bulldog Rocketry launches the rocket, it will have a winged drone stored in it that […]


The Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition

The MnSGC and Tripoli MN, a local high-power rocket club, are running the 2017-2018 Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition (where “Midwest” just indicates the location of the competition, which is open to college student teams from all around the nation). In this competition college student teams are challenged to design, build, and fly a […]


University of Minnesota SmallSat Team

The U of MN SmallSat team in the Twin Cities is currently working on two small satellite payloads named EXACT and SOCRATES. These are acronyms that stand for “Experiment for X-ray Characterization and Timing” and “Signal Opportunity CubeSat Ranging And Timing Experiment System,” respectively. EXACT is looking primarily at X-rays from the sun and SOCRATES […]


Native Mussel Research Team

Macalester faculty member Kelly MacGregor and James (Mac) Doherty (’19) spent the summer of 2017 snorkeling in Minnesota rivers examining the role of sediment in native mussel population dynamics. Mac, who received a summer research stipend from the MnSGC, focused on quantifying bed sediment grain size, and found that fine sediment (silt and fine sand) […]


High-Powered Rocket Competition (LLTC)

Rocketry teams from Tribal Colleges and Universities from around the country design, build, and fly rockets at the First Nations Launch in Kenosha, WI, organized by the Wisconsin Space Grant. Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) has competed annually since 2011-2012. Students complete a variety of science and engineering challenges. In 2016-2017, LLTC took second place […]


Nasa Space Grant Eclipse Ballooning Project

Solar Eclipse Stratospheric Ballooning

Ballooning teams at the U of MN – Twin Cities, St. Catherine University, and the U of MN – Morris prepared science payloads then flew them from near Grand Island, Nebraska, into the path of totality for the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.  (Note:  Partial eclipse coverage in MN was over 80%.)  The U […]