Design and Construction of a Rocket

Date on Honors Thesis



Engineering Physics



Examining Committee Member

Dr. Ted Thiede, Advisor

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Jamie Rogers, Committee Member

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Danny Claiborne, Committee Member


This paper documents the objectives and progress made by Kyle Britton within the context of the Murray Aeronautical Charter (MACH) during the 2019-2020 academic year within EGR 498 and 499 at Murray State University. MACH has worked as a team to design a rocket according to a set of requirements based on NASA Student Launch Competition guidelines. This was done under the mentoring and assistance of Dr. Terry McCreary (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry). McKayla Hoskin was designated as lead for the dual-deployment parachute system. Emma Workman was in charge of the altimeter implementation. Kyle Britton led the engineering efforts concerning the fins and nose cone. The body tube, originally categorized within Kyle’s area in the Honors prospectus, was re-designated as part of the MACH team effort. This paper discusses Kyle’s work throughout the processes involved in the design and manufacturing of the small models during the fall of 2019 as well as the large main rocket during the spring of 2020.

Additional Author Comments

This thesis (especially background and group information) draws heavily from a joint report co-authored by Kyle Britton, McKayla Hoskin, and Emma Workman.

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