Auburn University Student Launch Team

Auburn University's Student Launch team is made up of engineers and specialists from many different fields. Led by the Aerospace Department, the team consists of a multitude of dedicated students, both undergraduate and graduates, who design, build, test and fly a high-powered rocket loaded with various experimental payloads as a part of NASA's Student Launch Initiative (SLI).

About the Competition

NASA's Student Launch is an annual design-build-launch rocket competition between students from various colleges and universities all across the nation. The 8-month project culiminates to the flight of various payloads aboard a custom-built vehicle to an altitude between 4,000 and 5,500 feet above ground level (AGL). Teams undergo a competitive proposal selection process, and if accepted, are required to produce reports detailing their design process, experimental testing results, and ultimately the successful launch of a subscale and full scale rocket. All milestones must be accomplished fully before a team can receive NASA's approval for participation in the competition launch day. 

Throughout the designing and building process, student competitors gain significant hands-on experience, not only in launch vehicle design, but with NASA technical standards, documentation, budget, and briefings, all of which are invaluable to a career in the aerospace industry. Simultaneously, NASA is able to acquire a fresh perspective with innovative ideas and research from each team, which is imperative for America's endeavors in deep space missions. Whether in future careers at NASA, or through involvement in the inventive competition, participants of USLI are likely to see some of their own work in future deep space missions and the Space Launch System.

Our Mission Statement

Auburn's mission is to create innovative, determined engineers with hands-on designing and manufacturing experience, while also educating surrounding communities about the importance of STEM through educational events. Challenging, engaging activities such as NASA's Student Launch program help to develop the requisite skills and invaluable experience needed to develop the next generation of engineers.

War Eagle!

Last Updated: 15 January, 2021