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Rocket team gets high marks at NASA competition

by John R. Karman III, communications and marketing last modified Jun 03, 2014 11:31 AM

The University of Louisville’s rocket team, River City Rocketry, soared to a third-place finish at the recent NASA Student Launch challenge at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Rocket team gets high marks at NASA competition

The rocket by UofL's River City Rocketry team is launched during a recent NASA competition. Photo by Austin Lassell for River City Rocketry.

In the competition, which was held May 17, student teams designed, built and tested reusable rockets capable of carrying working science payloads into the sky and returning them safely to Earth.

More than 20 colleges and universities participated in the event. Vanderbilt University finished first, and Mississippi State University was second.

Besides designing and building their rockets, NASA Student Launch teams also must design and operate science payloads, maintain websites that document their work and create local educational campaigns to share their enthusiasm for rocketry. A goal is to inspire younger students to pursue technical learning fields, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In addition to its overall third-place finish, UofL’s River City Rocketry team also won the safety award at the NASA competition for maximizing safety and science value in its design.

UofL’s River City Rocketry team consists of students from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering who share an interest in aerospace and aeronautics.

Team members are: Austin Lassell, Carlos Gonzalez, Dhwani Shah, Emily Robison, Gregg Blincoe, Justin Lord, Kareem Moulana, Benjamin Mueller, Daniel Neel, Patrick Duffy, Samuel Miller, Sherman Dowell and Zack Wright.

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