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Rocketry Development Program

The Rocketry Development Program provides students with the opportunity to design, build, and test rockets that will be launched to altitudes of over 100,000 feet. This hands-on program meets after school several days each month. Students must be enrolled in Valley Christian High School’s Aeronautic Engineering course to be eligible for this after-school program.

Students work in teams to design various elements of the rocket. Students learn about thrust, propulsion, aerodynamics, and develop skills on modern-day CAD and simulator programs, which are used in the field of rocketry to help optimize and predict performance. 

The rockets developed in this program typically launch from the Monterey Bay area or from a location in the Nevada desert.

Students will achieve the following:

  • Apply hands-on training with modern-day rocket technology
  • Develop aerodynamics, thrust, and propulsion understanding
  • Classify different types of rocket fuel
  • Use the radio frequency communications system
  • Learn the command and telemetry system: Uplink and Downlink

Equipment & Software:

  • 3D Printer
  • Fiberglass Fabrication Equipment
  • Tektronix Oscilloscopes and HP Digital Voltmeters
  • RockSim, RAS Aero, ExpressPCB™ , AutoCad Inventor™ and SolidWorks™ CAD software
  • Elementary School 1450 Leigh Avenue
  • San Jose, CA 95125 408.559.4400
  • Junior High 100 Skyway Drive, Ste. 130
  • San Jose, CA 95111 408.513.2460
  • High School 100 Skyway Drive, Ste. 110
  • San Jose, CA 95111 408.513.2400
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