Charger Rocket Works Accepted to 2018 Student Launch Competition!

Charger Rocket works is one of 45 collegiate teams to be accepted to the Student Launch (SL) Competition for 2018. The team will be designing, testing, and flying a rocket that will fly to 1 mile and deploy an autonomous rover upon landing.

Eric Zimovan commented on the acceptance saying, “I’m excited, but a little scared. The amount of work is daunting, but I’m ready to push my limits as engineer and work with a great team.”

The team’s first scored milestone will be a preliminary design review (PDR) due November 3rd. After this date, stay tuned for updates regarding our design and testing process, as well as our outreach activities.

Read the NASA Marshall press release here:


2018 NASA USLI Challenge

Charger Rocker Works is once again participating in NASA’s Student Launch, a competition open to universities around the nation. The competition requires students to build a large rocket to carry a payload to an altitude of one mile. The 2018 team is developing a rover to autonomously deploy from the rocket, explore its surroundings, and unfold solar panels. This is a year-long, two-semester project, culminating with a launch in April 2018. There are a total of 16 mechanical and aerospace students assisted by Dr. David Lineberry working to complete this project.

We Are Charger Rocket Works

Welcome to Charger Rocket Works’ NASA Student Launch website!

Charger Rocket Works (CRW) is a group of mechanical and aerospace engineering students participating in their senior capstone course at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. This year’s team consists of 16 students. While CRW participates in the NASA SL competition annually, due to the nature of CRW and  the engineering program at UAH, each year a new group of students forms a team for the competition.

This season’s design consists of a 96 inch long launch vehicle with a 4  inch diameter body, weighing approximately 42 pounds. The vehicle is to travel to 5,280 feet and deploy an autonomous rover upon landing.

Feel free to look around the website!  Here you will find photos of the team, updates on the team’s competition progress, design and safety documents, all of our educational engagement events for the season, posts from previous years and links to our social media pages!

Thanks for visiting, and Charge On!