Princeton SpaceShot Team

Attempting to launch a student-built rocket into outer space.


The 2017-2018 SpaceShot project team of the Princeton Rocketry Club designed, built, tested, and launched a 2-stage sounding rocket using advanced composite construction. The vehicle was safely launched to an altitude of 47,610 ft MSL (14 km) from Spaceport America on 05/27/2018, but failed to reach its mission objective of 100 km altitude due to a second-stage ignition failure.

The 2018-2019 SpaceShot project team will continue this daring attempt by building and launching a total of 4 rockets that could reach the Karman Line this spring.

Records we seek to break

  • First student-built rocket to reach the Karman Line, the internationally recognized boundary of outer space (100 km altitude)

  • Smallest rocket by vehicle mass to ever reach outer space (Previous recordholder: Super Loki Robin Dart)

  • Cheapest rocket to ever reach outer space (adjusted for inflation)

  • Fastest speed ever achieved at Spaceport America

  • Highest altitude ever achieved at Spaceport America



Coleman Merchant '19

The chief engineer of SpaceShot, Coleman pushes the limits of efficiency with every project.

Coleman has worked at Tesla and SpaceX, gaining experience in advanced composites, machining, and mechanical engineering.

Coleman is also the chief engineer for the Princeton Racing Electric (PRE) team.


Saad Mirza '21

The team lead for SpaceShot, Saad has basically been a space enthusiast since birth.

Saad managed the 2017-2018 SpaceShot project team, successfully gaining University approvals, and obtaining Federal authorization for space launch from the FAA/AST.

Saad is also the President of the Princeton Rocketry Club, and is an officer of the Princeton Aviation Association.

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