Students from Lenoir-Rhyne University's Balloon, Engineering, and, Rocketry (BEAR) Team, worked throughout the fall and spring semesters to build and successfully launch a six-and-a-half-foot rocket.
The team, compiled of engineering, physics, and computer science majors, traveled to Alabama in early April to compete in NASA's 18th Annual University Student Launch Competition. They were among 45 other college and university teams competing at the Marshall Space Flight Center. The students' rocket, named Big Bear, reached a top speed of 450 miles per hour and traveled to an altitude of 5,564 feet, a 5.4 percent difference from their targeted mile-high altitude.
The BEAR team, led by Douglas Knight, Ph.D., received a North Carolina Space Grant, which provided expenses to build and launch the rocket. The team is currently working to complete a post launch assessment review, which will detail the rocket's flight analysis, recover, and payload success during the competition.
To view a video of the launch and learn more about the team's experience, visit Facebook.com/LRBalloonTeam.