The aerostructure forms the basic structure and shape of the rocket, allowing the rocket to withstand outside forces for the duration of the flight and protect the other systems which allow the rocket to fly.
Propulsion provides the rocket with sufficient thrust to achieve flight. Different rockets can be propelled by different fuels and mechanisms. For our purposes, WERT's rocket is a solid fuel chemical rocket.
Avionics defines the rocket's guidance and control systems. Using data collection and communication software and hardware, we are able to maneuver the rocket and its payload during flight and ensure that it remains on path and stable.
A payload is ejected from the rocket shortly after the rocket reaches apogee, its highest point, and is used to complete objectives such as data collection, imaging, and experimentation.