Important Dates of this semester…
This semester we will have 6 deliverables with dates we expect them to be completed, these are as follows. The Motor Mount will be complete April 29th, the Payload Bay April 1st, the Parachute Bay March 25th, a RAFF portfolio for outreach by March 18th, a complete social media profile by March 31st, and a subscale launch by the end of March given NAR approves our launch.

The Major Milestones of this semester will be…
1. ISGC Progress Report – February 28th 
2. Subscale Launch – End of March
3. RAFF Portfolio – March 18th 
4. Parachute Bay – March 25th 
5. Social Media Profile – March 31st
6. Payload Bay – April 1st
7. Motor Mount – April 29th 
8. Make to Innovate Expo

Spring 2022 Semester Recap… 
Final Rocket Status:
Overall, Rocket team has made great progress on the final launch vehicle this semester. The current status of the rocket is around 80% complete, with only a few finishing touches that we will need to complete next semester.  All of the airframe pieces have been completed, and all parts of the rocket have been manufactured. The motor mount has been completed and inserted and epoxied into the airframe. The fins have been added, and the drogue tubes will be added early in the fall semester. After those have been added, we can tip to tip fiberglass around the fins and the drogue tubes to strengthen those areas. The aft coupler and their respective bulkheads have been completed and all necessary U-bolts added. The parachute bay has also been complete, and our parachute has been test-fit to ensure everything fits properly. We recently discovered an issue with the fore coupler’s fitting into the payload bay. We are currently testing a new design of it to ensure it can withstand forces during parachute deployment. The payload team recently added the rails into the payload bay, completing that section of the rocket. The nose cone has also been fabricated and sanded to fit. All of these airframe parts will need holes drilled to add the composite insert connection points. In the fall we plan on finishing up the remaining final rocket tasks during the first half of the semester and complete several tests on the drogue retention systems as well as main and drogue parachute deployments before launching. 

Payload Team Specifics:
This semester, the payload team has worked hard to track RAFF’s progress, as well as prepare for the RAFF team to advertise our project as a zero-gravity research outlet. The payload team has been working diligently on a portfolio that describes and shows every detail of the rocket. It includes exact specifications, SolidWorks drawings of each part, and also a detailed history of our team and M:2:I itself. We have also been working on a Marketing Appeal to go along with the portfolio. This includes the most important parts of the portfolio to help companies and customers to know if our rocket will be sufficient for their research. On top of that, our team has been updating our social media pages weekly to keep a visual record of our progress. We are managing Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts to make sure that people are able to follow us on multiple platforms. The payload team has made a lot of progress towards sending this project to the next level. 

Subscale: Launched officially on April 26th, 2022
After the subscale model had been created, we ran through several tests of the rocket, including main parachute ejection tests as well as OpenRocket simulations. To ensure our main parachute would eject we ran through ejection tests, which help us to figure out the amount of black powder we will need to snap the shear pins. We ran through several iterations of this, and after many failures we finally succeeded in deploying our main parachute. To figure out the velocity and altitude at which we need to deploy our main parachute, we ran through OpenRocket simulations. Now that both of those have been completed, we will launch our rocket, and then analyze our data afterwards so we can figure out if the raven4 altimeter worked properly, so we can then implement that into our final rocket.