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FNL students NASA-bound

September 08, 2015

Grand prize equals a once in a lifetime opportunity


The nation’s largest Native American high-power rocket launch reached new heights in 2015 as teams were given a new prize to aim for in the competition.  Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium worked in conjunction with Kennedy Space Center to award two teams a unique tour of the Cocoa Beach facilities.  The participants were given a glimpse of the Vehicle Assembly Building, Launch  Control Center, Apollo Saturn V, and the Shuttle Landing Facility, followed by a tour of the Kennedy Space Center visitor center.

Chief Dull Knife College from Lame Deer, Montana won the Tribal Rocket Competition. The flight-competition required launching a dual deployment high-powered rocket using a CTI motor, no larger than a K. The rocket carried a Scientific Climate Change Payload. The team that came closest to their predicted apogee based on percentage won the flight portion of the competition. Teams mused motor ejection at apogee with backup altimeter(s). 

Colorado School of Mines from Golden, Colorado won the AISES Rocket Competition.  The flight competition entailed launching a single-stage 6” diameter dual deploying high-powered rocket using a “cluster” of three-in-a-row (38-38-38 mm or 38-54-38 mm) CTI Rocket motors. The center or “core” motor had a minimum average thrust to weight ratio (T:W) of 7:1.

The 2015 competition hosted 19 teams from 12 schools in 10 states.  Upcoming competition information is scheduled to be released in the Fall.  


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