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 competition, usually with engineering importance, such as deployable rovers and flight computers. Various scientific and engineering related payloads will be launched to a variety of altitudes.

The team plans to compete in Battle of the Rockets, NASA Student Launch, Spaceport America Cup, and National Association of Rocketry (NAR) regional competitions. Students are also able to pursue NAR HPR (high powered rocketry) certifications.

Methods & Technologies

  • Rocketry
  • SAE Aero
  • 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 Modelling and Analysis (OpenRocket, SolidWorks, ANSYS)


  • Mechanical Design Team
  • Electric Design Team
  • Software Design Team
  • Payload Design Team
  • Manufacturing
  • Sponsorship and Outreach
  • Social Media and Design

Areas of Interest

  • Mechanical Engineering (with or without Aerospace Minor)
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Integrated Digital Media
  • Business, Economics, Business and Technology Management
  • Physical Sciences (related to payloads)


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

Faculty Advisors

Student Leadership

Rocketing to new heights (July 3, 2019)