Since its founding in 2003, MASA has consistently pushed the bounds of collegiate rocketry. Discover our history below.
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2021 / Tangerine Space Machine
MASA is scheduled to launch its record-breaking new liquid rocket with a target altitude of 400,000 ft – the edge of space.
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TSM Render
2020 / PT-163 Engine
MASA's new LOx/Ethanol regeneratively-cooled liquid rocket engine, PT-163, becomes the most powerful liquid rocket engine ever built and tested by a university team when it achieves 2650 lbf of thrust in a blowdown hotfire.
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PT-163 Hotfire
2019 / B11 Space Challenge Phase 1 Winner
MASA is awarded first place in Phase 1 of the Base 11 Space Challenge for its preliminary design report (PDR) for Tangerine Space Machine, at the Next Frontier event at Caltech.
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MASA Leads with the $25k check from the B11SpaceChallenge Phase1 competition
2018 / Laika
MASA is the first team to launch and recover a liquid bipropellant rocket, Laika, at Spaceport America Cup. It receives the highest score in the hybrid/liquid category, and the sportsmanship award.
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Laika in Flight
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2018 / 2x4: Above the Rest
MASA builds the two-stage 2x4 designed to launch to 240,000 ft. It never flew due to issues with FAA waivers but would have set the world record for altitude in amateur rocketry.
2x4 at the MASA workspace
2017 / Tortas 8
MASA is awarded 1st place at the inaugural Spaceport America Cup in the Hybrid/Liquid Category for the flight of Tortas 8 with its new and improved Gamma Centauri hybrid engine, and is declared the overall winner of the competition.
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Tortas 8 in Flight
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2017 / Blueshift I & II
MASA first launches Blueshift with an M-Class commercial engine, designed for the 10,000 ft COTS category at Spaceport America Cup. Since then Blueshift has flown many times as an avionics & recovery test platform.
Blueshift in Flight
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2016 / The Great Emancipator
MASA successfully launches The Great Emancipator with the Alpha Centauri engine to 13,800 ft. It places second in the Advanced Category at IREC 2016 and is the only Hybrid successfully launched at the competition.
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2015 / Croissandwich & 10¢ Jim
Croissandwich is flown on a commercial O-Class motor and becomes MASA's first supersonic rocket, while 10¢ Jim is entered into IREC 2015 as a Basic Category rocket.
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10 cent Jim
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2013-2015 / Hybrid Project
MASA develops its first in-house hybrid rocket engine, Alpha Centauri, designed to propel a rocket to 25,000 ft.
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2014 / Young Hickory
Using experimental lightweight parachutes, MASA launches Young Hickory and receives second place in the Basic category at IREC 2014.
Young Hickory
2013 / Helios
MASA successfully launches Helios to 10,000 ft at IREC 2013. This is its first rocket with a composite airframe and its largest rocket to date.
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2012 / Bojangles
MASA launches Bojangles, designed to reach an altitude of exactly 5,280 ft. It incorporates drag tubes along the airframe to provide active control and was tested at U-M's full-scale wind tunnel.
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2007 / Maverick III
MASA attempts to break an altitude record for the first time with the flight of Maverick III, designed to fly to 70,000 ft. Unfortunately, the team was unable to pull off a successful flight.
2006 / Maverick I
MASA flies Maverick I for the Michigan Aerospace Challenge as a demonstration for local schools. It carries a CANSAT from the Student Space Systems Fabrication Lab and flies an L-Class commercial solid rocket motor.
Maverick Press Release
2004 / Hybrid I
MASA builds and flies Hybrid I with a commercial J-class hybrid rocket motor - its first experience beyond solid rockets.
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2003 / Founding
MASA is founded as an amateur rocketry club at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.