Case Rocket Team (CRT) is Case Western Reserve University's aerospace design team that participates in high power rocketry competitions and other aerospace-related events in the greater Cleveland area and throughout the nation.
CRT is a highly diverse team whose members range across Undergraduates, Masters' students, PhD students, and Alumni. Not exclusive to aerospace and mechanical engineering, students from many different fields - other engineering disciplines as well as areas of study not conventionally associated with rocketry - also participate in CRT projects. All are welcome to join CRT, regardless of major or skill level.
As with all organizations, CRT has its fair share of challenges. From minor miscommunication to explosive failures, the team always manages to overcome any obstacle and move forward. Our mission is to continue solving problems and reach our goals as a team.
CRT participates in many projects throughout the year. By the end, members will have learned basic to advanced concepts relating to rocketry. Through hands-on activities, members familiarize themselves with the design process, training them to be competent engineers.
CRT kicks off each year with certifications. The process complies with the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) guidelines for high powered rocketry. The design and build phases for lower level certifications (levels 1 and 2) are an excellent opportunity to teach new members the basics of amateur rocket construction and safety. This annual endeavor for CRT prepares all new members for the Battle of the Rockets competition and leaves them with their own personal rocket!
The Battle of the Rockets Competition is a program of the Federation of Galaxy Explorers. It consists of events with a range of complexity to test all skill levels and focuses on the engineering design cycle. The Target Altitude Event allows members to exercise skills learned learned during certifications. In addition to building a rocket, teams are required to submit a Safety Document and a Flight Test Report before the competition. The Planetary Lander Event adds the complexity of designing an autonomous robot that must survive launch, deployment and landing and perform operations autonomously. A Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and a Critical Design Review (CDR) must be approved before competition.
This year, CRT elected to begin a new initiative focused on developing its skill-set as a team. As the team continues to expand, older, more experienced members expressed interest in executing their technical knowledge in the pursuit of special projects. These projects have been placed under the banner of Research and Development (R&D). Two projects currently in progress are Rollerons and Boosted Dart (with Airbrakes).
CRT places high value on community outreach and social activities. Members are encouraged to volunteer at events for K-12 students aimed at improving skills needed for success in fields related to STEM. These events typically include fun, hands-on activities that boost the students' problem solving skills. Additionally, the team sets aside time for team building activities like a retreat or trips to engineering facilities and museums. This develops a sense of camaraderie that is essential to collaboration and competition success!
We are a diverse team of undergraduates from Case Western Reserve University, plus one high school student. Although CRT is based out of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, it consists of members from a wide range of disciplines:
Aerospace, Chemical, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Physics, and Engineering Physics