Aerospace Engineering Department
BS in Aerospace Engineering
Kira J. Abercromby
This paper discusses the design of the Rarefied High-Altitude Zenith Experimental Rocket (RHAZER) which is launched at an altitude of 35 kilometers from a weather balloon. The weather balloon is capable of carrying up to 2 kilograms of payload to this altitude, and the rocket can carry a payload of approximately 150 grams to an altitude of at least 80 kilometers and be recovered safely after landing. It is designed to be aerodynamically stable at its launch point, while using fins to spin-stabilize before it enters the low-pressure upper atmosphere. This system has been designed to be used as an educational tool by K-12 schools, so affordability has been the primary driver.