The Rocket Program

Imagine you are part of a team that is launching the newest rocket technology! Like Space-X, you must design and present a rocket capable of returning back to the launchpad at the lowest cost possible. You are then responsible for building, testing, and launching the rocket to deliver the specified payload. This educational program was inspired by Apogee Rockets.


1. Design and present rocket plans.
2. Measure and test the stability, payload capabilities, recovery system, motor requirements and altitude capabilities. Adjust design as needed.
3. Order the needed components.
4. Build the rocket.
5. Prepare for and acquire NAR safety verifications.
6. Launch and deliver payload to the proper altitude.
7. Return rocket to launchpad for reuse.


Your team will design and build a rocket for a specified budget, unique payload to deploy, and a variety of altitude requirements. Your team will be responsible for the safety of the crew and EVERY member will be tested on the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) safety code. Passing this test is required prior to launch day for all participants.


Each team member will have a specific role to play within the team to ensure a successful rocket launch. Although the entire team will be responsible for all the objectives of the rocket launch, each member will be scored on their overall contribution as well as the fulfillment of their individual duties.

Designing your rocket:

Using rocketry software, build a model of your rocket and test to ensure stability, payload capabilities and altitude projections to find the best design and motor for your objectives.

Building your rocket:

Each team will build and then test their rocket prior to launch day to ensure all safety standards are met and the rocket meets all the proposed design specifications. Adjust simulation file and report on updated rocket capabilities.


I. Design a rocket that meets your budget requirements. Present your plan to the class and get your instructor's approval.
II. Order Required Components. Using your budget sheet and rocket plans, order the components needed to construct your rocket and deliver the payload to the required altitude.
III. Pass NAR Safety Code Evaluation. All team members must test on the NAR safety code and be approved for flight.
IV. Build and Test your Rocket. Build your rocket according to the plans. A routine set of tests and calculations need to be completed to verify the safety and capabilities of your rocket.
V. Launch Day. All teams will launch their respective rockets and deliver the payloads to the desired altitudes.