Terrapin Rockets is a student-run organization at the University of Maryland, comprised of cross-disciplined undergraduate and graduate students, whose members are united by a shared passion for rocketry. Our organization designs, builds, and launches high-powered rockets for competition. We began competing in smaller, local competitions, such as Battle of the Rockets with Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) engines. Over the Last year we have grown more ambitious and competed in the Spaceport America Cup, the world’s largest intercollegiate rocket engineering competition.
This year we will be returning, except with a Student Researched and Developed (SRAD) hybrid rocket motor. The overall rocket will be an extensive step up in complexity and will be optimized to carry a 9-pound payload to an altitude of 10,000 feet. Since scoring is based on not only rocket performance, but engineering practices as well as innovation, we are working on several research projects to improve our design.