ARLISS Rocket designs

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Primary ARLISS Flyers' Goals:

  • The flyer's primary goal is to deploy the student payloads safely and dependably within the specified altitude range.
  • Student payloads are matched to ARLISS rockets in a random manner and it is important that no payload has an advantage or disadvantage due to the ARLISS rocket to which it is matched.
  • An ARLISS rocket may make five to seven flights during an ARLISS launch event. To accomplish this, the ARLISS rocket reference design has evolved to be very rugged and to use interchangeable field replaceable parts in critical areas.

Secondary goals of the flyer should be:

  • Make the rocket durable and able to survive dozens of flights
  • Components that are subject to damage during normal flight should be made to be field repairable or replaceable
  • Use standard interchangeable parts. The use of standard interchangeable parts helps lower the cost of building and flying ARLISS rockets. Their use also facilitates the availability of replacement parts at the launch event. It is not uncommon for a flyer to borrow or purchase a spare part from another flyer to keep their ARLISS flying during an event
  • Design the rocket to minimize launch preparation and turnaround time. Launches are often plagued by poor weather conditions. When good launch windows occur, the rocket needs to be quickly prepared for launch to take advantage of it.

Provided that they do not diminish the support of the primary goal, the flyer may also establish his/her personal goals. For example, some flyers have chosen to add a specific look or video camera to record the flight and satellite deployment.


"Gumby" ARLISS Class M with a payload deployment camera

ARLISS Flyers' designs