Sub-projects for Karman include a simulations group to optimize designs, avionics to program and design the on-board and ground station electronics, airframe to develop design and manufacturing methods of the launch vehicle, and development of a stabilization system
This group uses ANSYS and manual calculations to optimize designs for the launch vehicle and its subsystems, such as fins, body thickness, nozzle geometry, and so on. This has been essential in developing plans and testing theoretical changes in design.
This groups is working on developing the flight electronics for the full scale rocket, both hardware and software. It began as a capstone project, and development has continued as a subproject of Karman. The flight electronics will be responsible for tracking of the rocket in flight, providing telemetry to a ground station, igniting the second stage, and deploying all recovery systems during descent, as well as data filtering and managing the PID control loop.
The launch vehicle has to be able to withstand supersonic speeds, send data to the ground, be reasonably manufacturable, and contain all subsystems. This group works closely with simulations to determine materials as well as specific structure and design.
Launch vehicles often can tilt up to 30 degrees as soon as they come off the launch rail, as well as tilt when wind speeds pick up. This subgroup, in which there are three systems being looked at in parallel, is meant to fix this. A reaction wheel is being researched by this group, while passive spin stabilization and yo-yo despin are being developed for two capstone projects.