WSU Aerospace, also known as AIAA, is an engineering club that designs and builds rockets and remote control planes for competitions and personal projects. Within the club, we have Plane Team, which is currently working on a cargo plane to assist the Rocket Team on their testing. The Rocket Team is currently focused on getting several members certified through the National Association of Rocketry so they have the proper clearance to launch models and compete in Spaceport America Cup, currently they are planning on going to the 2023 competition. As a student-run, student-led club, we also help members learn material they wouldn’t learn in class. For example, we help students with more specific CAD applications such as fluid simulations, along with general concepts of aerodynamic design, flight physics, control systems, and more. WSU doesn't have an Aerospace Engineering degree or program, so for many students joining our club is the closest they can get to that kind of education and experience.
WSU Aerospace club heavily depends on donations, fundraisers, and sponsorships to be able to do any building, designing, or competing. The main reason we currently need funding is for the rocket group to get certifications and funding for travel expenses. It’s expensive to get people to the certification levels that we need, but absolutely critical to the club being able to continue. Additionally, the costs of actually attending competitions add up quickly, even when we save where we can. In any given year we need to purchase parts for the competition rocket itself, and the cost of traveling to the competition.
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