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Wichita State Launch
2018-2019 NASA Student Launch Initiative


The 2018-2019 Wichita State Launch team was selected to compete in the NASA Student Launch Initiative—a competitive, research-based challenge designed to simulate inter-planetary missions on Earth. The team’s 37.5 lbs, 10 ft. 4 in. launch vehicle is a recoverable, reusable vehicle capable of targeting a goal altitude of 4,300 feet above ground level using an active drag system. Upon successful recovery, the payload orientation and deployment system utilizes two servos and a lead screw to autonomously deploy an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This UAV is a quadcopter in a “stretch X” configuration and is remotely piloted to deliver a Simulated Navigational Beacon to a designated Future Excursion Area.

To date, the team has presented three major design reviews to a NASA review panel, created a subscale launch vehicle, completed six launches, and reached more than 260 3rd through 12th grade students via educational outreach events.

The competition flight will occur in Huntsville, Alabama at the Marshall Space Flight Center on April 6, 2019.


  • Bryan's Picture


    Team Lead, Aerodynamics Lead, Outreach Lead

  • Jonathan's Picture


    Structures Lead, Payload Deployment Lead, Subsystem Integration Lead

  • Michael's Picture


    Safety Officer, Stability and Control Lead, Active Drag Lead

  • Skylar's Picture


    Propulsion Lead, Avionics and Recovery Lead, Payload Lead

  • Dr. Miller's Picture

    Dr. Miller


  • Dr. Klausmeyer's Picture

    Dr. Klausmeyer