Sunday, August 28, 2016

Rocket Design Competition: Completion

The ACME Rocket flew beautifully, the parachute deployed perfectly, and then the wind carried it into the nearby forest (in the background above) never to be seen again. On the up side, a reporter from the local newspaper got the above picture of the rocket on liftoff! On the downside, we did not recover our rocket.

Because we did not recover the rocket, we don't know what altitude it reached and were pretty much immediately disqualified from winning. But we didn't come in last, either! This was largely due to our ability to meet deadlines and not have our find torn of by drag forces.

Looking Forward

I am not certain I will have sufficient time to participate in the Rocket Design Competition this semester, but I will be busy helping the leads prepare for it. Because of that newspaper reporter, a local business owner doubled the project's yearly budget. They are now building a test rig for oen of the wind tunnels on campus for proper ground testing, seeking industry professionals to talk to the teams and hopefully critique designs, expanding the competition to include a fragile payload, and building homemade parachute deployment delays. The other leads have pretty standard projects that don't seem to require much help from me, so at least I can help Rockets behind the scenes.

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