CSULB obtains a grant from the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency for its California Launch Vehicle Education Initiative (CALVEIN)

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), in partnership with Garvey Spacecraft Corporation (GSC), obtained a grant from the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency for its California Launch Vehicle Education Initiative (CALVEIN).  CALVEIN, built on the current pilot programs established between CSULB and GSC, intends to develop and implement an engineering education program addressing the design and manufacturing of low cost launch vehicles.

The proposed program has three components:

  1. A Launch Vehicle Integration project,

  2. An Aerospace System Design Curriculum centered around Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV),

  3. A workshop on low cost RLV’S.

One of the main features of this program is that it will result in the actual flight for two rockets with components of the vehicle designed and manufactured by CSULB students.

CSULB Students Prepare Kimbo-V for Launch

State funds will be used to assist the CSULB in the development of a system that will allow engineering students to assemble and fly a Kimbo V-type vehicle (low cost liquid propelled rocket developed by GSC). This project will let lower division undergraduate engineering students develop hands-on skills on a real aerospace product. In addition, a curriculum for upper division students which covers the entire product life cycle, from requirements definition to manufacturing, testing and operations, will be developed.

In the current pilot program, engineering students are working with GSC and assembling a liquid-propelled rocket, Propector I, to be launched in the Mojave Desert on June 2, 2001.

CSULB Students Prepare Prospector I

Garvey Spacecraft Corp. (GSC) is a local Research & Development aerospace company specialized in low cost launch vehicle technology. GSC will be providing two liquid rocket kits as part of its contribution to CALVEIN. The two vehicles will be assembled and new components will be developed as part of the program.

Another company, Universal Spacelines, will provide design inputs for the flight control system which will be developed by upper division students.