There are several customers who will utilize the rocket during its lifetime. The initial customers are the senior design team. They will design, construct, test, and launch the rocket. The client, Dean Klein, has described the requirements that the rocket must meet. The client has met with the senior design team several times to make sure that the correct design requirements are being met.
Other customers of the rocket include the project advisors and class instructors. They provide support and feedback on different aspects of the project. Additional users to be considered are the public during demonstration events, and other Boise State University students who may use the rocket as a starting point for future design projects. A full list of customers is presented in Appendix A.
Problem History/Market Analysis
High powered rockets were originally used to collect atmospheric data in a range that is too high for balloons to reach but too low for satellites. Over time, high powered rockets became of interest to hobbyists with a large budget. Developments that have moved the hobby forward include rocket kits that are commercially available, commercial motors, and standardized regulations and certifications.
However, there are many limitations that exist. These include the high costs and lack of knowledge about the hobby in general. This leads most hobbyists to buy a commercial rocket kit. These kits are pre-designed rockets that require assembly and their motors are sold separately. Some issues with rocket kits are the high material cost, the inability to get useful live data from the flight, and minimizing the electrical system costs. These issues hinder the public interest in high power rocket flight and exploring it more as a hobby. While the hobby has slowly grown over the last several decades, it still remains inaccessible to many potential rocketeers.