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 potential external collaborations. Reach provides an opportunity for students with mid to high levels of engineering experience an opportunity to develop functional payloads while learning skills that are in demand in today's aerospace industry.
Reach is an interdisciplinary effort that relies on skills such as structural design, software engineering, electrical engineering and PCB design, radio communication and data analysis.
This year Reach is again partnering with Rocket Project at UCLA (URP), this time providing a truncated payload (SENTINEL-Lite) for a rocket featured in their Foundry project, which is scheduled for a late Winter quarter launch. The payload will feature a sensor package that will downlink real-time telemetry data to ground station. The production of SENTINEL-Lite will also serve as a developmental tool for future payload ideas.
Later in the year, Reach will be planning and designing a new payload that will feature a revamped electronics architecture and may potentially provide an exciting opportunity for supporting a new scientific collaboration.
Project Reach collaborated 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 directly participated in the Space Dynamics Laboratory Payload Challenge sub-competition, and designed a cubesat form-factor payload, SENTINEL-1, featured on URP's competition rocket that provided telemetry data and audio/video storage, along with radio downlink.