Rogue Aerospace

  • Seeking to design, build, and launch reusable rockets, with hands-on exposure and experience in aerospace and its applications


Students will design, build, launch and analyze the performance of reusable rockets for a competition/research objective. A holistic method of research is used for all aspects related to launching and operation of rockets: Aerodynamics, Structures, Propulsion, Materials Selection, Feedback and Control, and Avionics. Students will learn how to use modern rocket analysis software such as SolidWorks, OpenRocket, and FEA. Payload design varies with each competition cycle, ensuring a new challenge every year. Various scientific and engineering focused payloads will be launched to a range of target altitudes.

The team competes in the NASA University Student Launch Initiative and engages the broader community in STEM Engagement Activities. Select students are also sponsored to pursue NAR HPR (high powered rocketry) certifications.

Methods & Technologies

  • Rocketry
  • Rocket Design Fundamentals (Principles of Aerodynamics)
  • High Powered Rocketry (NAR/Tripoli standards)
  • Ground Testing (Static fire testing, deployment testing)
  • Payload Design (Software, circuitry, mechanical integration)
  • Launch Operations (preflight and postflight checklisting)
  • Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing (3D printing, CNC milling, laser cutting, etc.)
  • 3D Modeling and Analysis (OpenRocket, SolidWorks, ANSYS)


  • NASA Design

    • Airframe 
    • Dynamics 
    • Recovery 
    • Propulsion 
    • Avionics 
    • Payload 
  • Operations
    • Studio
    • Public Relations
    • Finance
  • Onboarding

Areas of Interest

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Business and Marketing


  • NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • NYU Tandon MakerSpace
  • National Association of Rocketry (NAR)

Faculty Advisors

Student Leadership