Official Description for the 2014-2015

The objective of the competition is to build and launch a hybrid powered rocket.  There are two

categories of competition to choose from.  The first category consists of launching a hybrid

rocket to the maximum altitude.  The second category challenges the teams to fly their rocket

closest to 2000 feet in altitude.  There must be at least two teams competing in each category.  If

there is only one team, that team will be asked to move to the other category.


1.   The rocket can be built from scratch or from a kit.

2.   The engine must be a hybrid motor rated “G” or from a lower class.  The engine can be

built from scratch or purchased from a company.  NOTE: If the motor is built from

scratch or is modified in anyway, a minimum of 2 documented motor tests must be done

to demonstrate the safety, quality, and performance of the motor.  Documentation must

be performed and submitted two weeks before launch and must show thrust curves,

impulse, burn-time, etc. from the 2 tests (please confer with the judges prior to making

any modifications to the motor).

3.   Points will be awarded for the phases of the competition.  The successful flight is worth

80% of the total points and the teams Engineering Notebook report is worth 20% of the

total points.  The points for each part are as follows:

1.   Points for Flight

 100 pts for highest or closest to altitude

 90 pts for 2nd highest or closest to altitude

 80 pts or 3rd highest or closest to altitude

 70 pts for 4th highest or closest to altitude

 0-10 pts for self built motor

 0-5 pts for self built rocket

2.   Points for Engineering Notebook

 Rocksim or other software Simulations (30 pts)

 Engineering Data (70 pts)


Take part!

FIU ASME will be participating in the Florida Space Grant Consortium sponsored Hybrid Rocket

Competition for the 2015-2016 school year. A hybrid rocket differs from a solid or liquid rocket in that it

uses a solid fuel grain and a liquid oxidizer. We are currently recruiting for this project so if you are

interested don’t hesitate to contact us.

ASME Student Design Competition

The ASME Student Design Competition provides a platform for ASME Student Members to

present their solutions to a range of design problems – from everyday household tasks to

groundbreaking space exploration. Each team is required to design, construct and operate a

prototype meeting the requirements of an annually determined problem statement.


The Student Design Competition showcases the extraordinary talents of mechanical engineering

students while encouraging them to develop innovative ideas towards an improved quality of life

for all. Each year, several teams of up to four students compete at Student Professional

Development Conferences in districts worldwide. Winners then proceed to finals at the ASME

International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE). Cash prizes and

awards are presented to winners at both district and final competitions.