January 2020 Shop Talk

Second semester has kicked off in Ames, meaning it’s time to build! Designs for our next rocket are being finalized and components are beginning to be manufactured. The name of this year’s rocket is Ortu Solis, meaning “rising sun”. Learn more about what out team is up to in this month’s “Shop Talk”.


2018-19 Nova Somnium Recap

Hello! It’s been awhile since our last update, but a lot has happened! Last year’s leadership was overwhelmed preparing our competition rocket for the Spaceport America Cup, but this year we have created a new media chair position to ensure we can keep you up to date.


Last year we finished building Nova Somnium, which successfully launched this past summer. We had significantly more student research and development (SRAD) technology than in our inaugural year, successfully implementing our own custom built launch tower, onboard telemetry and ground station, composite couplers and nose cone, fins, parachutes and recovery process, and magnetic dampening experimental payload.


Nova Somnium targeted a 30,000 ft apogee and reached speeds in excess of 1000 miles per hour, but despite all the hard work of our team an unintended anomaly caused it to veer horizontally, ultimately reaching 23,000 ft. Despite this, we are proud of what we were able to achieve with the project. We have investigated the potential root causes of last year’s anomaly and are implementing corrective actions this year to avoid repeating the same mistakes. It was wonderful to put our efforts to the test, and we are excited to come back this year and apply the lessons we learned to a brand new rocket!


Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this past year a success. We could never have done it without our sponsors and our team members!


Check out our highlight video from the 2019 competition:


Thank you from the 2019 Spaceport America Cup

With our second appearance at the Spaceport America Cup Competition underway, Cyclone Rocketry is excited to be competing in this year’s 30K “Commercial off the shelf” (COTS) division. Today at the Spaceport America Cup Poster session in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Flight Safety Review Team concluded that Nova Somnium is safe to launch. Also at the session many teams complimented on the display of our rocket. We would like to give a special thanks Maaco for the beautiful paint job they gave to Nova Somnium. This is just one of the many sponsorships that enables us to represent Iowa State University – Department of Aerospace Engineering at an international level. Lastly we would like to thank everyone who has helped us get to where we are, we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your continued support.  

To The Cup!


Cyclone Rocketry’s FundISU Campaign Needs Your Help!

Hello all, Cyclone Rocketry is seeking your help! We will be traveling to Las Cruces, New Mexico again in June to compete in the Spaceport America Cup where we took 4th place overall last year. Every dollar donated will fund the expenses of constructing our competition rocket and traveling to the week-long competition.

This is a valuable experience for all the members dedicating their time and efforts to the success of this project! Whether or not you are able to donate, you can still learn more about our journey to the Spaceport America Cup by

clicking the link below! There is a ton of information about our team and this year’s rocket, and a pretty awesome re-cap video from last year that we strongly encourage you to watch.

Thank you for all of your support, and stay tuned for updates!

Check out our fundraising page to see more information on the new and exciting things we are doing with this year’s project and to learn how you can help!

Cyclone Rocketry 2019 FundISU Page

Official Name Change to Cyclone Rocketry

Hello all,

We recently got approved to change our name from Rocket Shop back to Cyclone Rocketry!

In other news, we have applied to the 2019 Spaceport America Cup competition and should hear back this week to see if we got accepted. We also recently finished up our last design review of the semester and are wrapping up this year’s design. More to come soon…

2017-2018 CyROC Recap

Check out this awesome recap of the 2017-2018 year made by CyROC’s own Austin Kaiser!

Cyclone Rocketry Placed 3rd in the 10k COTS Division and 4th Overall at the 2018 Spaceport America Cup out of 124 Teams. We can’t wait to get after it again for next year! Something new is already in the works…

Thank you to all of the sponsors, donors, friends, and family that made this all possible. We could not have done this without your support!

CyROC Places 3rd In 10K COTS at Spaceport America Cup


Cyclone Rocketry is very proud to announce that after a very intense year of research, design, manufacturing, and testing; we placed 3rd in the second annual 2018 Spaceport America Cup!

We owe a very large thanks to our sponsors, donors, advisers, and everyone who supported us along the way. We could not have achieved success on this great of a stage without your help and support!

Click here to check out our week at Spaceport America and see INVICTUS fly in competition.

INVICTUS Takes Flight!

We are very proud to announce that on Sunday, May 13th, INVICTUS I was safely and very successfully flown and recovered by Cyclone Rocketry in North Branch, Minnesota. To see this year’s hard work come to life is indescribable. Thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way!

Next Stop: Spaceport America.