Thrust Vector Control Project at UCSC Rocket Team

The UCSC Rocket Team has embarked on an ambitious project for the 2023-2024 season, known as the Thrust Vector Control (TVC) Project. TVC, a pivotal technology used by companies like SpaceX for precise rocket landings, involves adjusting the rocket’s thrust direction to maintain stability during launch. This project at UCSC encompasses both subscale and full-scale rocket launches, offering a hands-on experience in mechanical design, software development, PID (Proportional-Integral-Derivative) control systems, and Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC).

This is an open invitation for enthusiasts and aspiring engineers to join the team, contributing to the design, launch, and landing of the rocket. This initiative not only aims to foster practical skills in rocketry but also serves as an engaging platform for teamwork, innovation, and real-world application of aerospace engineering concepts.

Regular meetings are scheduled on Mondays between 3 to 5 PM in BE-49, with additional meetings planned as needed based on launch or test schedules.

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