Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2023

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Engineering Technology

Committee Chair

Charles Pringle, PE

Second Committee Member

Dr. John Choi

Third Committee Member

Mr. Chris Berkshire

Fourth Committee Member

Dr. Darci Snowden


The Rocketry Payload team consisting of Kallysta, Eli and Ethan needed to build a payload that flew in a rocket also built by the team. After the rocket has landed, a camera is deployed outside the rocket through a 3-inch gap created by a linear actuator. The camera must rotate 360 degrees and take photos of the surrounding area. The entire system must weigh less than 4.4 pounds as well. The team designed this system using their knowledge obtained through the Mechanical Engineering program at Central Washington University. It was important for them to keep in mind that the system also needed to be structurally strong enough to survive a rocket flight 5000 feet up as well as an impact upon landing. Under these circumstances, material and design were very important so that the payload could be strong enough to survive the flight. The final launch being held in Huntsville, Alabama was a success. Once the rocket landed after launch, the system used a linear actuator to create a 3-inch gap for the camera to deploy out of. A spring then pushed the camera and motor upwards allowing for an exterior view of the surrounding area. The camera was then able to rotate 360 degrees to take any pictures necessary that NASA has sent to the system. The final payload weight was also 4 pounds, staying under the requirement.