The Space Grant (in-the-)Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition

The MnSGC and Tripoli MN, a local high-power rocketry club, are hosting the 2019-2020 Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition in May of 2020. In this competition college student teams will design, build, and fly a high-power rocket to accomplish a “Photography/Altitude” challenge in which they will try to minimize roll during ascent to get the best possible video footage from 2 on-board cameras, monitor the separated vehicle (also by photography) during descent, take a 360-degree panoramic photo from the maximum possible height off the ground after landing, and achieve specific apogee altitudes during two competition flights.

Team presentations about rocket designs will be held at the Splitrocks Entertainment Center in Wyoming, MN, on Saturday, May 16, 2020, starting in the late afternoon and going into the evening. The competition launches will take place all day (weather permitting) at the Tripoli MN high-power rocket launch site outside North Branch, MN, on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Spectators are welcome to attend all events. Use the “Contact Us” link to request more details.

An informational telecom about competition was held on September 24, 2019 (and will be repeated at 7 p.m. CST on Thursday, January 16, 2020, for teams not starting till mid-academic year). Contact James Flaten MN Space Grant, for more information.

A competition handbook, and slides from the kick-off telecon, are posted on the competition website (link below).

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