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Picture Perfect Rocketry

We are a team of 20 students, from different backgrounds with various talents, united in our pursuit of knowledge, the passion for space, and with the goal of winning of the NASA SL rocket competition in Huntsville, Alabama in April 2017.

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The goals of the mission are as follows:
Develop and construct a high-powered rocket capable of delivering the payload to an altitude of 5,280 ft
Develop and implement a rocket/ground communication software package for safety and accountability
Develop and construct a payload that will safely ferry the experiment's equipment during the mission
Take images and detect targets using computer vision techniques and guarantee the vertical landing of the payload


Kepler once wrote to Galileo that there would be those who wouldn’t shrink from the challenge of exploring the heavens. You could say UC’s senior design team’s participation in NASA’s Student Launch Initiative Competition certainly fits that mold.
Team lead
Chirau J. Patel
A fifth year aerospace engineering undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati. CJ plans to continue bioastronautics research in his graduate career.


Payload Design
Our payload facilitates image capturing and processing at high altitudes and protects the electronics until touchdown. It’s lightweight construction is suitable for rocket transportation. It is the brains of our project.
Payload Details
Educational Outreach
Today’s students are tomorrow’s engineers. Our team is striving to provide an educational and interesting opportunities for local schools in order to boost interest in engineering and science related fields. 
Outreach Details


We thank our sponsors for providing us with needed support to continue our missions.
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Team lead
Chirau J. Patel
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