Department - Author 1

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Mechanical Engineering



Primary Advisor

James Widmann


Mission Statement

The purpose of this project is to design, build, and test a thrust-vectoring rocket nozzle which will aid in controlling the trajectory of a solid-booster rocket. The system prototype must meet the requirements set forth by the sponsoring enterprise.

The Enterprise

Stellar Exploration is a small space systems technology company located in San Luis Obispo, CA. Stellar Exploration is currently seeking a thrust-vectoring system for its Silver Sword rocket.

Project Scope

The design and analysis portion of this project accounted for a system that would be mounted on to a rocket for operational flight. Therefore, this team has taken into account the effects of heat, pressure, in-flight forces, etc. However, the building and testing phase of the project only sought to establish that the system can be satisfactorily actuated. Time and financial requirements did not allow this team to test the system design for all possible operational parameters such as heat, etc.

Therefore, the Appendices and all chapters preceding chapter 8 regard a prototype which must undergo operational conditions. A portion of chapter 8 and all of chapter 9 regard a prototype which only demonstrates actuation.


The project was taken up by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students Dane Larkin, and Harsimran Singh. Both are senior students who were less than a year away from graduation at the beginning of this project.