30k Competition (2019-2020)

Shooting to Score at 30,000 Feet

Designed during the 2019/20 academic year for flight at the 2020 Spaceport of America Cup, our 30k Competition Rocket is the largest, most powerful vehicle produced by Duke AERO to date. Using a minimum diameter carbon fiber body tube construction and a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solid motor, every aspect of this rocket was designed for optimal flight with an apogee of exactly 30,000 feet. Featuring a new dual deployment recovery system, not only is this rocket the most powerful vehicle to come out of Duke AERO, but it is the safest with redundancies built in for every critical system. At a length of over 10 feet, Bluestone marks a new era for Duke AERO, one defined by large and powerful rockets in which we carefully refine our abilities to reach orbit. Serving as another example of the incredible progress made in the past few years by Duke AERO, the 30k Competition Rocket is sure to score big come Summer 2021.*

CAD Rendering of 30k Rocket


*Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the launch of this vehicle was delayed until Summer 2021