Category Archives: Rocketry Project Group


The UB SEDS rocketry project group designs, models, and constructs various types of rockets. The group is currently developing multi-stage rockets and integrated data acquisition systems such as altimeters, video recorders, and more.

April Rocketry Update

April Update:
We are almost done with the fins cans for both the upper stage and booster. Additionally the electronics bay is almost complete and we have began hooking up the electronics. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Peter Wilkins at peter(dot)wilkins(at)ubseds(dot)org

March Rocketry Update

This year’s competition rocket has made good progress over the month of March. With the design finalized we were able to begin working on parts for the fin cans and electronics bay. This included fiber-glassing sheets of wood and cutting out fins for the upper stage using the fiberglass reinforced wood with our CNC mill. Additionally we cut and sanded most of the wooden components for the fin cans and electronics bay. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Peter Wilkins at peter(dot)wilkins(at)ubseds(dot)org

Comp Rocket Update

The rocket for the 2016 University Student Rocket Competition is almost done with its design and next week we will start the process of building the rocket.  The meeting time for the Competition Rocket this year is going to be Mondays at 7:00 pm in Furnas 1025 for the rest of the semester.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Peter Wilkins at peter(dot)wilkins(at)ubseds(dot)org

Rocketry Launch – April 2015

Late in April 2015 were the certification flights. Launch was with URRG (Upstate Research Rocketry Group) in Potter, NY. Cloudy day, but plenty of members progressed as well as welcoming new members! But, be wary of what you’re holding — as so photogenically captured by our current president, Daniel Miller.

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Rocketry Launch – April 2014

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On Sunday, April 28, 2014, many UB-SEDS members achieved certifications with the Tripoli Rocketry Association at the URRG launch in Potter, NY.  18 UB-SEDS members were in attendance.  7 members achieved their L1 certification and 2 received their L2 certification.  Club members also launched several other rockets, including a spectacular flight of Sab’s rocket “Claudia” to finish off the day.

Congratulations to the following members who received their certifications:

Level 1:
Tristan Stoner
Mack Goodstein
Eric Borchert
Avery Bodenstein
Razmik Khachatryan
Andrew Tennenbaum
Livio Forte

Level 2:
Catie Bonga
Kristina Monakhova

 

Rocketry

Competition Rocketry

UB-SEDS is involved in the University Student Rocketry Challenge (USRC), a rocketry competition sponsored by SEDS-USA to design, build, and launch a multi-stage high power rocket to the highest altitude. Points are awarded for the altitude reached and the number of stages. More information about the competition can be found at http://seds.org/usrc/.

Additionally, this year we intend to compete in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competitions (IREC), which is a more experimental competition that allows multistage rockets with any chemical propulsion types. In 2017, the IREC will be held at the Spaceport America Cup. To learn more, check out http://www.soundingrocket.org/what-is-irec.html.

To get involved in Competition Rocketry, contact Peter Wilkins at peter.wilkins@ubseds.org.rocketrycompetition

High-Power Rocketry Certification

In addition to the competition, UB-SEDS members have the chance to earn High Power Rocketry Certification from the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). In the past year, we’ve had 8 members earn their level 1 certification and 3 earn their level 2 certification. To get involved in High-Power Rocketry, contact Peter Wilkins at peter.wilkins@ubseds.org.

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Low-Power Rocketry

Low-Power Rocketry the project group for members who are interested in building their own rocketry but are looking for a lite version of High-Power Rocketry. To get involved with Low-Power Rocketry, contact Andy Perez at andyperez@ubseds.org.

Who can join?

While the rocketry competition team is primarily aerospace, mechanical, and electrical engineers, we welcome individuals from all disciplines to help out. Rocketry team members have the chance to learn technical CAD skills, help with the rocket design in the OpenRocket software package, and have a hands-on experience building and integrating the competition rocket or their own rockets.

UB-Rocketry Certification Launch

2011 Rocket Launch 1 2011 Rocket Launch 55 2011 Rocket Launch 4 2011 Rocket Launch 3 2011 Rocket Launch 2
The above rockets were launched by UB-SEDS members Nicholas Sunderlin, Salman Iqbal and Sean Lyons (UB-Rocketry Project Group Leader) at Potter, NY for their Level 1 certifications with the Upstate Research Rocketry Group (URRG). The first rocket dubbed “1 Man Error” was launched on a Cesaroni I-236 17A, the second rocket; “The Stig” was launched on a Cesaroni H-125 and the third was launched on a Cesaroni I-236 17A as well.