What is UMBRA?
The Undergraduate Missiles, Ballistics, and Rocketry Association (UMBRA) is a student-led organization at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a proud chapter of SEDS-USA. For over ten years, our club has been a vital part of the academic and professional lives of our members. From our year-long project teams to our semesterly workshops, UMBRA seeks to provide a unique undergraduate experience centered around the hands-on learning mentality that Cal Poly Pomona was founded on. We help our nearly 200 members translate classroom concepts into skills they can apply towards real engineering solutions.
Our current project teams include: Singularity Rocket Project (formerly FAR 1030), NASA Student Launch (NSL), Active Stabilization, and the Solid Rocket Test Stand Project (SRTS).
The Active Stabilization Project
The Active Stabilization Project team is dedicated to successfully design and fly a module for amateur sounding rockets that will use actuated fins to actively stabilize the launch vehicle during flight. After the control module is validated through wind tunnel tests and several test flights, the rocket is flown at the FAR 1030-5R competition in the Mojave Desert. At this competition, rocket teams from various universities compete to fulfill a set of challenges which include reaching a specific height to the foot, and developing a payload under certain rules and jurisdictions. The success of rockets are determined on the results of the building process, material selection, and aerodynamic capabilities of the projects. This project is significantly student funded so any and all contributions go towards allowing for better manufacturing possibilities, multiple range tests, higher quality materials to be implemented, and an overall greater opportunity for our student lead team to gain very valuable experience.
Singularity Rocket Project Team (formerly FAR 1030)
UMBRA’s Singularity Rocket Project team is a diverse group of students who are driven to take on the challenge of launching a rocket to 30,000 feet. Our members have been drawn to this project by the opportunity to collaborate and compete at an ambitious international competition while representing their university and learning advanced engineering principles. Members get real-life experience with the rocket design process, which includes aero-structure design, thermochemistry and materials science, structural analysis, manufacturing, composites fabrication, programming, avionics, aerodynamics, and more. The UMBRA Singularity team will spend August 2020 to mid-June 2021 planning, designing, and building a rocket, experimental O-class motor, and 8.8 lb payload to enter in the Spaceport America Cup which is held annually in Las Cruces, NM. We will launch in late June 2021 under the 30,000 feet apogee category against 150 different teams from around the world in front of more than a thousand spectators and industry representatives. The rocket will use a student-researched and developed motor to reach apogee, at which point the recovery system will deploy and the rocket will enter a controlled descent to land safely.
The NASA Student Launch (NSL) Team
This is the ninth year that Cal Poly Pomona has been accepted to compete in the NASA Student Launch Competition, but this year will be extremely unique due to the ongoing pandemic. The CPP NSL Team has been avoiding meeting in person and has completed its entire proposal virtually to avoid infecting team members. The Team is currently on track to finish their Preliminary Design Review virtually as well. Your donations will allow The Team to complete the necessary tests, help with manufacturing, and allow us to travel to Alabama to compete with some of the top universities across the country!
The Solid Rocket Test Stand Project (SRTS)
The Solid Rocket Test Stand (SRTS) is a project under UMBRA with the goal of building a rocket motor test stand with greater DAQ capabilities and accuracy than the stands/DAQ systems at the FAR site. Once the test stand is complete, all of UMBRA’s project teams will be able to use it. Ultimately we hope our stand will serve current and future rocketry projects in their endeavors to test and characterize motors.
As a chapter of SEDS, we are tasked not only with on-campus student involvement, but also outreach to students in areas surrounding our chapter at local schools. We see this as an opportunity to inspire the next generation of space-oriented people to pursue their passions.
Ultimately, UMBRA’s mission is to encourage and enrich the pursuit of study, discussion, and innovation in the aerospace engineering field.
Why Donate to UMBRA?
Charitable contributions are an impactful way to help UMBRA keep its edge and support the students who are pushing space exploration onward and upward. Your support will go a long way in the improvement and refinement of our rocketry program. There are many materials and services to be purchased throughout our programs and your help will make an impact for our members.
Your donation boosts us to further heights and the whole UMBRA family thank you for supporting us as we bring rocketry to the people!
All donations are tax deductible. Funds are managed by Cal Poly Pomona Philanthropic Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit organization (Federal ID 83-2300241).
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