Faculty Advisor

Blandino, John J.

Faculty Advisor

Demetriou, Michael A.


Instability caused by factors such as wind or technical failures is a major concern within the field of model rockets and the aerospace industry as a whole. The purpose of this project was to model and enhance the stability of flight for a high-powered model rocket through the use of active control systems. This was accomplished by first creating a simulation of the rocket’s flight path using a six degree-of-freedom mathematical model and subsequently by designing a feedback control system to stabilize the rocket’s flight using an actuated fin system. Through the use of control systems and aerodynamics, a theoretical control law was proposed. Subsequently, an actuated fin system capable of controlling the flight path of the rocket was designed and built.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted



Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Aerospace Engineering