Aug. 22, 2021


Originally posted: Aug. 22, 2021
Last edited: 1 year, 3 months ago


Each student will have a particular role to play in the team. Each job oversees a particular component of this project but all students are expected to understand how their rocket works, what the rocket is capable of, all safety guidelines, your mission objectives and test results.


1. Team Lead

a. Responsible for the overall mission success

b. Final say on team disputes

c. Responsible for oversight on all safety guidelines

2. Communications

a. Leads design presentation

b. Leads launch sequence

c. Tracks progress in team binder

d. Reports on mission success

3. Design Engineer

a. Responsible for designing the rocket to meet mission objectives

b. Adjusting designs based on simulations

c. Prepares rocket for flight

4. Quality Control

a. Runs simulations and reports to team on mission capabilities

b. Verifies correct construction and safety of rocket

c. Calculates and verifies stability

5. Financial Officer

a. Ensures budget is adhered to

b. Seeks funding and which federal grants the team will aim for

c. Reports on financial success of the mission and total profit


Regardless of how many people are on your team, all of the duties listed above will need to be met. On teams that have more or less than 5 members, the Team Lead will help to delegate the tasks to team members to ensure all tasks are met and that all team members have an equal share of the workload.

Team Lead:

This person should be an adept decision maker, capable of using the data and resources available to make effective decisions. They will learn all of the NAR safety code and use that knowledge to make sure on launch day that it occurs under the safest possible conditions.


This person should have good handwriting, and capable verbal and written communication skills. They will be tasked with documenting your design process, the building stages, and reporting the success and failures of your mission.

Design Engineer:

This person should be technically inclined. They will need to understand the physics of a rocket and how design changes can affect the flight times, altitude, mass, and payload capabilities of their rocket.

Quality Control:

This person should be computer literate with the ability to learn and understand complex computer programs. They will work to verify and approve design changes as well as communicate insights and potential changes that could be made to improve their mission success.

Financial Officer:

The financial officer is responsible for the financial success of your mission. Working with the design engineer they will order the parts required to meet their mission objectives and make sure that the success of their project will also bring a financial profit through completion of their mission and the receipt of any federal grants.