High-powered rocket design with OpenMETA

NASA Student Launch

NASA Student Launch (NSL) is a STEM outreach initiative hosted by Marshall Space Flight center in Huntsville, AL. Now in its 18th year, this exciting rocketry competition provides research-based, experiential learning for students while simultaneously producing relevant, cost-effective research for NASA. Over a period of 8 months, middle school, high school, and university student teams from about 23 states design and test high-powered rockets containing an experimental payload.

OpenMETA Rocket Design Case Study

At MetaMorph, we used the OpenMETA toolset to take a Model-Based Engineering approach to designing a rocket as if we were entering the Collegiate-level NSL competition. This approach allowed us to take an initial design space of 972 rockets and, through several rounds of testing in the OpenMETA environment, narrow the space down to a single successful rocket design.

To simulate our designs, we integrated an application called OpenRocket into the OpenMETA toolset. This open-source rocket simulation software is already used by many NSL teams to design and simulate their rockets before launch day.

To read about the OpenMETA Rocket Design Case Study, check out our blog post.