Princeton SpaceShot: Technical Documentation

SpaceShot 2019 Thesis

Coleman Merchant ‘19, lead engineer, designer, and builder of the 2019 Princeton SpaceShot vehicle, completed this work as part of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) degree at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Princeton University.


FAA 7711-2 2019

The following document, a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization Application, must be submitted at least 45 days before the planned activity to a local FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). Sensitive data is redacted. Please consult all relevant regulations and statutes, including but not limited to 14 CFR 101 and 14 CFR 400, before attempting to submit an application.


FAA Flight Data Package 2019

The following document was submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) as part of our 7711-2 Part 101 waiver application, pursuant to 14 CFR Part 101. It includes overall vehicle characteristics, trajectories, and impact dispersions.


FAA Flight Data Package 2018

The following document was submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) as part of our 7711-2 Part 101 waiver application, pursuant to 14 CFR Part 101. It includes overall vehicle characteristics, trajectories, and impact dispersions.


SpaceShot 2018 Independent Work 

The following document was a thesis paper prepared by chief engineer Coleman Merhant '19 for a final paper for independent coursework in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The focus of the paper is design and composite construction of the 2018 SpaceShot vehicle.


Project Stratos Independent Work

The following document was a thesis paper prepared by chief engineer Coleman Merhant '19 for a final paper for independent coursework in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The focus of the paper is the Project Stratos project of the 2016-2017 academic year, the predecessor of the SpaceShot vehicle. The design of Project Stratos is similar to the second stage sustainer of SpaceShot. This vehicle reached 39,000 feet and Mach 3 on only 4,500 Ns of impulse.


2018 Mid-year Progress Review PowerPoint

The following document was a mid-year progress review of the 2018 SpaceShot vehicle presented to Princeton University's Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students. Technical detail is neglected as this is a general overview of logistics and design.


Memoradum to the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium, 2018

The following document was a formal memorandum to the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium, helping us receive a grant.


Launch of the Project Stratos rocket, which evolved into Princeton SpaceShot’s sustainer (2nd stage). At Friends of Amateur Rocketry site in California.

Project Stratos Launch Video, 2017


Princeton SpaceShot 2018 Launch Videos