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U of MN AISES Team Wins Rocket Launch Competition

Team Before Launch Prof. Garrard, Andy K., Chris H., Mark A.

A team of AEM and ME students won the AISES (American Indian Society of Engineers and Scientists) Second Annual First Nations Rocket Launch Competition sponsored by NASA and The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. The competition was held at the Richard Bong Recreation area south of Milwaukee on May 7, 2011. The U of MN Team, called the Northstars, was sponsored by the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium. The objective of the competition was to design, build, fly, and recover a high powered model rocket so that the altitude at apogee was as close to 5280 ft as possible. The U of MN rocket, Spirit Dancer, achieved an altitude of 5169 feet as measured by an onboard altimeter. The students used deployable air brakes actuated by an altimeter to achieve the desired altitude.

Team members were AEM students Mark Abotossaway, John Carlson, David Coveyou, Tyler Kelley, and Andy Komisarek and ME student Chris Herbst. Faculty Sponsor was Bill Garrard. Mark, Andy, and Chris traveled to the competition as did Prof. Garrard. Participation in future competitions is planned.

Actual footage from the 2011 AISES Rocket Launch is available at Youtube:

Mark A.,Andy K., and Chris H. assembling rocket prior to launch Dan Hawk, Director of the First Nations Competition, inspecting the rocket with Mark A., Andy K. and Chris H.
Rocket on Launch Pad just before launch
Last Modified: Tuesday, 17-May-2011 13:22:18 CDT -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation