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NASA Student Launch Initiative

LR’s student rocketry team was accepted to compete in the NASA Student Launch Initiative, a seven-month engineering design challenge. The initiative is a competitive project that provides cost-effective research and development to support the Space Launch System.

The Rocketry Team, which is a component of LR’s Balloon Engineering and Rocketry Club, was among 52 other universities from 22 states selected through a competitive proposal process. As part of the competition, they are working to build and successfully launch a 92-inch rocket on April 6, 2019, in Huntsville, Alabama.

According to Doug Knight, Ph.D, visiting professor of physics and BEAR Club mentor, the team scored above average on a Preliminary Design Review, which was submitted to NASA in November 2018. They have also designed and built a two-thirds scale rocket and have plans for completing several test launches prior to April.

One element of the Student Launch Initiative requires each team to complete community outreach projects centered around rocketry. LR’s BEAR team visited East Alexander Middle School and Gamewell Elementary during the fall semester, where they taught students how to build a rocket out of a water bottle.

“I always enjoy seeing the enthusiasm and results from the students who accomplish building a water bottle rocket,” said Juan Hernandez, member of the Rocketry Team. “We all love to get involved with our surrounding communities as much as possible.”

The team also hosted a student launch event for the Hickory community and LR students, allowing attendees to view five successful model rocket flights on the University’s campus.

As the team members continue to prepare for their launch, they are working to enhance their funding for the project. Current funding for the initiative has been received in the amount of $5,000 from a North Carolina Space Grant and an additional $5,000 donation was given by an LR graduate. First- and second-place winners will receive a cash award and the top 10 teams will be recognized by NASA. Students are graded on numerous reports, such as the PDR and motor changes to the rocket, and are penalized for late submissions.


BEAR TEAM MEMBERS 
  • Brett Haas, Safety Officer
  • Joseph Johnson, Student Mentor
  • Jackson Cook, Business Manager & Administrative Assistant 
  • Claire Neibergall, Marketing and Communication Leader
LAUNCH VEHICLE ENGINEERS
  • Jake Robinson, Launch Vehicle Team Leader
  • Spencer Furches
  • John Amodeo
  • Angel Martin
  • Jeremy Wagner
PAYLOAD/ROVER ENGINEERS
  • Juan Hernandez, Rover Team Leader
  • Nikki Williams
  • Prashil Dulal
  • Carles Lobo
PAYLOAD LANDER ENGINEERS
  • Erik Carranza, Co-LR Lander Leader
  • Aaron Kennedy, Co-LR Lander Leader
  • Tales Miranda
  • Kaleb Davis

To learn more about the Rocketry Team and BEAR Club, visit LRURocketry.org.

To make a gift to the Rocketry Team, visit lr.edu/give and note "Rocketry Team" in the OTHER line.

 

 

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NASA Student Launch Initiative
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LR’s student rocketry team was accepted to compete in the NASA Student Launch Initiative, a seven-month engineering design challenge. The initiative is a competitive project that provides cost-effective research and development to support the Space Launch System.

The Rocketry Team, which is a component of LR’s Balloon Engineering and Rocketry Club, was among 52 other universities from 22 states selected through a competitive proposal process. As part of the competition, they are working to build and successfully launch a 92-inch rocket on April 6, 2019, in Huntsville, Alabama.

According to Doug Knight, Ph.D, visiting professor of physics and BEAR Club mentor, the team scored above average on a Preliminary Design Review, which was submitted to NASA in November 2018. They have also designed and built a two-thirds scale rocket and have plans for completing several test launches prior to April.

One element of the Student Launch Initiative requires each team to complete community outreach projects centered around rocketry. LR’s BEAR team visited East Alexander Middle School and Gamewell Elementary during the fall semester, where they taught students how to build a rocket out of a water bottle.

“I always enjoy seeing the enthusiasm and results from the students who accomplish building a water bottle rocket,” said Juan Hernandez, member of the Rocketry Team. “We all love to get involved with our surrounding communities as much as possible.”

The team also hosted a student launch event for the Hickory community and LR students, allowing attendees to view five successful model rocket flights on the University’s campus.

As the team members continue to prepare for their launch, they are working to enhance their funding for the project. Current funding for the initiative has been received in the amount of $5,000 from a North Carolina Space Grant and an additional $5,000 donation was given by an LR graduate. First- and second-place winners will receive a cash award and the top 10 teams will be recognized by NASA. Students are graded on numerous reports, such as the PDR and motor changes to the rocket, and are penalized for late submissions.


BEAR TEAM MEMBERS 
  • Brett Haas, Safety Officer
  • Joseph Johnson, Student Mentor
  • Jackson Cook, Business Manager & Administrative Assistant 
  • Claire Neibergall, Marketing and Communication Leader
LAUNCH VEHICLE ENGINEERS
  • Jake Robinson, Launch Vehicle Team Leader
  • Spencer Furches
  • John Amodeo
  • Angel Martin
  • Jeremy Wagner
PAYLOAD/ROVER ENGINEERS
  • Juan Hernandez, Rover Team Leader
  • Nikki Williams
  • Prashil Dulal
  • Carles Lobo
PAYLOAD LANDER ENGINEERS
  • Erik Carranza, Co-LR Lander Leader
  • Aaron Kennedy, Co-LR Lander Leader
  • Tales Miranda
  • Kaleb Davis

To learn more about the Rocketry Team and BEAR Club, visit LRURocketry.org.

To make a gift to the Rocketry Team, visit lr.edu/give and note "Rocketry Team" in the OTHER line.

 

 

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