P08106: Flying Rocket Body & Rocket Stage Integration

Mission Statement

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Meteor Group Product Description

METEOR is the first university-based project in the world whose ultimate goal is to launch and place small payloads on near-Earth asteroids and lunar surfaces! METEOR is a hands-on, multi-phase, multi-disciplinary, teaching, and research program for investigating and developing


Engineering, Science, and

Technologies for the

Exploration and Utilization of



The central focus of the project is the launching of a series of small payloads into low-Earth orbit, the re-launch and control of these payloads toward the moon or near-Earth asteroids, the landing of these payloads on the surfaces and the data acquisition and remote control of these payloads during the scientific research phase of each mission.

This project will provide the students and faculty at RIT, and the scientific community at large, the opportunity to obtain small payload volumes for conducting micro-systems and other scientific experiments in outer space. METEOR will accommodate and promote these multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Stage Two Product Description

P08106's goal is to produce a working flying rocket assembly that accepts the flying engine from the P08105 team. The design should also include provisions for future teams progress and addional subsystems such as: test stand attachment, thurst vectoring, control system, payload attachment, shell and nose cone, etc.

This is a best case scenario that all METEOR groups are striving to complete for the end of the 2007-08 academic year. This goal will be re-evaluated with respect to time and budget restrictions. As further information is uncovered and reviewed, the posted goals will be modified in order to reflect the most feasible outcome for Senior Design.

P08106 will be working closely with the flying engine team and the test stand team in order to keep this goal reasonable. In addition, the flying rocket team will be using the information gathered from the successes and hardships experienced by P07109 to further ensure this outcome. This will give the flying rocket body team a significant advantage, as the group will have a jump start into Senior Design. Topics for investigation and further development include:

Key Business Goals

Project METEOR is focused on creating an alternate to low earth orbit operations through the research and engineering efforts of university grants and resources. The physical goal of the group is to generate a launching platform for the Pico satellite (1kg) class. The ultimate goal of project meteor is to launch and operate these satellites in low earth orbit on a yearly basis, thus creating an endless category of senior design projects.

The business objectives of project meteor have yet to be finalized, as the current status of the project is still in preliminary stages compared to its ultimate goal. When the opportunity presents itself, business goals will be explicitly stated.


Current market is very vague, as the family of projects are still in the research and development phases. Potential markets include major aerospace foundations and businesses such as Harris, NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, etc. A secondary market group would communications companies and private vendors

Assumptions and Constraints


Harris Corporation


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