What is HPRC?

The High Power Rocketry Club (HPRC) is a subcommittee of WPI's chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) that competes in high power rocketry competitions. This year, we plan to compete in the Intercollegiate Rocketry Engineering Competition (IREC). Previously, our team competed in NASA's University Launch Initiative (USLI). We also take a large portion of our time in the club to educate members through club-run workshops on topics such as rocketry, robotics, manufacturing, computer aided design and much more. If you are a WPI student who is interested in joining the team, please send our executive board an email by clicking here.

This Year's Competition

The Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) is the world's largest university rocket engineering competition held each year as a part of the Spaceport America Cup. College teams compete with rockets built to reach a target altitude of either 10,000 or 30,000 feet and a payload weighing 8.8 pounds. Teams are judged on written technical reports, quality of final design, payload functionality, rocket performance, and presentations to judges while at the competition. For the 2022 competition, our team will be competing in the 10,000 ft COTS category and building a robotic payload.

Current Progress

In the first semester of the school year, our team welcomed new students and began developing our rocket and payload for the 2022 IREC competition. In the beginning of December, the team held an internal design review to gain feedback from members of other subteams on current designs and manufacturing plans.

The payload’s mission for this year’s competition is to launch a quadcopter capable of locating the rocket after landing by triangulating a signal broadcast by the rocket. The mechanical team will draw on knowledge from the quadcopter built in 2019 to develop this year’s vehicle. The electrical and software team is currently developing a method for updating the waypoints of the quadcopter during flight.

The rocket division has finalized the CAD model and will be starting manufacturing in January. The mechanical subteams have been hard at work creating layups, developing test plans, and evaluating mass budgets for each component. The avionics team has been finalizing the initial designs of the custom PCB for this year’s flight computer and continuing to develop code for both the flight computer and the ground station.

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In addition to the AIAA, HPRC is made possible by donations from our generous sponsors.


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