SRL team members are encouraged to become certified in high-power rocketry through the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA), one of the two leading rocketry organizations in the United States. TRA offers Levels 1, 2, and 3 certifications. Each level’s requirements increase in complexity and their fulfillment allows participants to purchase and fly progressively powerful rocket motors. To further promote certification, SRL subsidizes the cost of build materials and motors.
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Level 1 Certification
Level 1 certifications require flyers to design and build a rocket utilizing a motor with an H or I impulse rating (up to 640 Newton-seconds). The club offers an introductory course to rocket design and manufacturing specifically as they relate to certification vehicles, as part of its Lecture Series.
Level 2 Certification
Level 2 certification flights can use J, K, or L motors (impulse ranging from 640.1 Newton-seconds to 5120 Newton-seconds). While electronics are not required for certification, they are encouraged to be flown, as this milestone is a precursor to obtaining a Level 3 certification. Level 2 certifications also require the completion of a written exam detailing various aspects of rocket design, aerodynamics, and solid rocket motor characteristics.
Level 3 Certification
Level 3 flights must use an M, N, or O motor. Designs must be approved by the organization before construction, and thorough documentation is required for the flyer to obtain their certification.