Flight Rocket: Nite-Owl


The goal of this rocket was to be modular to allow flight testing with off the shelf solid engines, as well as the Gizzard-1 Engine. It was initially designed to reach an apogee of 10,000-15,000 feet but can be redesigned and re-enforced to reach 30,000 feet.

9 Senior Mechanical Engineers worked on this project during the 2018-2019 year. Several pieces were manufactured in-house at Oregon Tech.

The project was successfully launched on Jun 23rd at OROC’s public launch in Brothers OR. It was test launched using an L-805P and flew to 3438 feet.

General Specifications:

  • Filament wound carbon fiber body tubes & coupler and fiberglass nosecone
  • Aluminum centering rings (with wooden and fiberglass adapters)
  • Carbon fiber fins
  • 9G loading capability
  • On board avionics and flight computer capable of transmitting data and independently correcting basic flight anomalies
  • Electro-mechanical recovery system
  • Payload bay capable of 4kg
  • Can be almost entirely disassembled with all internal components replacable, allowing for any of the specifications to be changed or enhanced


This launch tower was designed after a Newman rack tower to allow for various sizes of rockets to be launched from one tower without the use of launch lugs or buttons.

See the final report on this project here

See an album of Nite-Owl’s launch by Christopher Anderson here

See a video of the launch and parachute deployment here