Auburn University Rocketry Association (AURA)


The Auburn University Rocketry Association (formerly Auburn University Student Launch) is an umbrella organization that works to manage and connect students with all aspects of rocketry. Our three main and highly interrelated aims are fielding a competition team for NASA's USLI competition, helping students secure individual Tripoli certifications, and conducting STEM outreach with the surrounding commmunity.

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NASA's University Student Launch Initiative is an annual design-build-launch rocket competition between students from various colleges and universities all across the nation. The 8-month project culiminates to the flight of various payloads aboard a custom-built vehicle to an altitude of 5,280 feet above ground level (AGL). Teams undergo a competitive proposal selection process, and if accepted, are required to produce reports detailing their design process, experimental testing results, and ultimately the successful launch of a subscale and full scale rocket. All milestones must be accomplished fully before a team can receive NASA's approval for participation in the competition launch day.

Throughout the designing and building process, student competitors gain significant hands-on experience, not only in launch vehicle design, but with NASA technical standards, documentation, budget, and briefings, all of which are invaluable to a career in the aerospace industry. Simultaneously, NASA is able to acquire a fresh perspective with innovative ideas and research from each team, which is imperative for America's endeavors in deep space missions. Whether in future careers at NASA, or through involvement in the inventive competition, participants of USLI are likely to see some of their own work in future deep space missions and the Space Launch System.

The Tripoli Rocketry Association is the governing body for hobby rocketry in the United States. By securing a level 1 or higher certification with Tripoli, students show that they are knowledgable enough about rocketry to work in the lab spaces on campus, build safe rockets for their individual projects, and are allowed to purchase high powered motors from designated venders. AURA's goal is to teach students all the aspects of designing, fabricating and launching a rocket that can secure a Tripoli level 1 certification, allowing them to pursue whatever futher certifications or projects they find interesting.

AURA also participates in STEM outreach events on and off campus year round. Our events usually follow the pattern of first teaching about a scientific or engineering principle, such as Newton's Laws, and then demonstrate that concept through a hands on activity such as building and launching model rockets.

Bryce Gardner

Eldon Triggs

Category: Competition Team,
Related Major: All Majors