UPDATE (May 2nd): Wow! We reached our goal yesterday. AGAIN. It amazing that through sharing with friends, family, and acquaintances, we were able to reach our stretch goal of $6,000 in the same amount of time as our initial goal! We are just over half way into our campaign, which leaves us with a choice. Either enable a new stretch goal or be happy with what we have. The project cost for this year is $10,000, however, we set a conservative initial crowdfunding goal to be realistic. We have received $2,000 from the College of Engineering for funding, and as such, this leaves us $2,000 left to fully fund the project this year. With this in mind, we are making a final push by setting the campaign goal to $8,000. This final goal will secure project fruition and we have only 14 days left to get there! Thank you so, so much to everyone who has donated already, everyone on the HARP team sincerely appreciates your contribution. Please continue to share with acquaintances, friends, and family, and if you haven’t already, please make your contribution today to support the SJSU Rocket Club’s High Altitude Rocketry Program! Thank you from the HARP team.
HARP (High Altitude Rocketry Program) seeks to expose students to a real-life engineering challenge. Students will execute engineering design, manufacturing, and launch principles in creating the first HARP Vehicle —HARP UNO— and launching to hopefully over 100,000 feet! At 100,000 feet, the curvature of the earth is visible on the horizon while you are looking into the black void of space above. Our current design configuration and simulations show 200,000 feet is obtainable with our $10,000 fundraising goal. Most professional companies have millions of dollars of investment for similar altitude launches. It would be game changing if we can achieve this altitude and microgravity environment for a mere fraction of the cost.
HARP is establishing a new culture for students in the College of Engineering. We are pushing for multiple disciplines within the team, broadening the exposure of the program while emulating a real-world dynamic and multidisciplinary environment. We are currently working on international university collaboration via connections to Kyushu University in Japan. Students participating in HARP are able to combine theoretical knowledge from upper-division courses to collaborating with a multidisciplinary team. This experiential learning is invaluable for career building and engineering professionalism.
HARP will be innovative for students, faculty, and the college and university by providing a platform to reach subspace altitudes and explore via science and engineering, life above the earth.
We need your help to reach our goal! Please make your gift today by selecting a giving level to the right. Thank you for your support!!