Project Reach is intended to develop scientific and engineering payloads to be flown on amateur rockets. Reach provides a unique platform for addressing several goals, including the opportunity for high altitude research, rapid prototyping of payload in CubeSat or similar form factor, and increased student organization collaboration. This project will not only participate in international rocket competitions, but will also work towards developing and testing payload to perform impactful scientific research. Reach provides an opportunity for students with mid to high levels of engineering experience to develop functional payloads and compete with other universities across the globe.
This year Reach is partnering with Rocket Project at UCLA (URP), part of the AIAA Student Branch at UCLA, to compete in the annual Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. The Reach team will be directly competing in the Space Dynamics Laboratory Payload Challenge sub-competition, with the goal of designing and building a CubeSat form-factor payload, SENTINEL-1, to integrate on URP's experimental rocket. The payload will collect telemetry and imagery for post-flight review, and perform in-flight transmission to the ground for real-time display. Additionally, Project Reach will be teaming up with up with Vista Magnet Middle School in San Diego, a school that has previously been involved with the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program to send science experiments to the International Space Station. VMMS students will design and build a scientific experiment that will fly in 1U of the SENTINEL-1 payload.