Rosella is our third 30,000 ft rocket and builds upon our Spaceport America Cup 2022 Winner, Bluewren. This project allowed for further research, optimisation and advancement of in-house manufacturing capabilities to all contributing to the development of our engineering solution.

Project Details

Rosella was designed to further the team’s technical capabilities, and as such, was launched twice to verify various novel SRAD components within a high-powered launch environment. To support the team’s future ambitions, Rosella has enhanced avionics with an SRAD flight computer and a camera payload for capturing on-board footage. Additionally, the team made significant progress in recovery. Designing, manufacturing, and testing SRAD parachutes, as well as developing an advanced SRAD deployment system. Furthermore, the project contributed to the advancement in aerostructures, through the implementation of sophisticated manufacturing processes and techniques, alongside further enhancement and validation of aerodynamic modelling in conjunction with Project Ironbark.

Andy Scott

Project Director

Rosella was a result of the combined effort of more than 30 highly talented students. The team was led by the Project Director, who oversaw and managed the project timeline and finances and ensured that project safety is consistently met during the duration of manufacturing and testing. The Subsystem Leads worked directly under the Project Director and was responsible for the design, manufacturing, testing and integration of their respective subsystems.

Fast Facts

Final Altitude

27,532 ft AGL

Airframe Length

3.7 m

Airframe Diameter

0.156 m


Cesaroni O3400

Peak Thrust

4696 N

Total Impulse

21041 NS

Burn Time

6.1 s

Maximum Velocity

514 m/s

Sub-System Leads

Matt Spiritosanto

Aerostructures Lead

Omrik Choudary

Spear Lily Lead

Blair Tholen

Avionics Lead

Queenie Wang

Recovery Lead

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