Frequently Asked Questions
When and where will the rocket be launched?
Eagle Space Flight Team’s rocket will likely be launched from the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada because it is one of the nearest locations with the ability to host an amateur suborbital launch. Current estimates place the launch date sometime in Spring 2019, but the completion of the vehicle depends largely on the development of the propulsion system, which the team is manufacturing itself, rather than purchasing commercially.
How big is the rocket going to be and how fast will it fly?
The final design is projected to be about 10 inches in diameter and 25 feet tall, with about 450 pounds of solid propellant at launch. The rocket’s maximum velocity is estimated to be nearly Mach 6 – which is six times the speed of sound.
Will the launch be open to the public and will there be live coverage?
The launch of the Eagle Space Flight Team’s rocket will most likely not be available for public viewing on-site, but the team does plan to have extensive coverage of the launch, including a livestream. We will know more as we begin coordinating the actual launch.
How much does it cost to launch a rocket to space?
The development of the rocket is predicted to cost around $50,000, with an expected cost of $3,000 per launch. The Eagle Space Flight Team hopes to show amateur rocket groups around the world that reaching space doesn’t need to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Our goal is to reduce the cost of flying a 1 kilogram payload to space and back from $5,000 to $500 and prove that delivering experiments to suborbital altitudes is a feat that can be accomplished by student groups alone.
What are the legal challenges that you will face in launching a rocket to space?
There are few legal challenges associated with launching rockets to space. It requires that the launch site have a waiver to the appropriate altitude and that the organization applies to have permission to fly on a given day, both of which are available at the Black Rock site.
Do you need rocketry experience to be on the eagle space flight team?
No! ESFT looks for dedicated and motivated Embry-Riddle students who share our passion for rocketry and space flight, but no prior experience with rockets is required.