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AIAA sets team bests at Utah competition

AIAA members stand in front of rocket, Truman V.V, which is sitting vertically on a launchpad.

The MU AIAA team poses with Truman V.V on the launchpad. From left to right are, Bryan Ensor, Patrick Sears, Robert Bastemeyer, James Gentles, Rachel Hough, Chris Andress and Jonathan Jennings.

The MU chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics set new team records at the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association’s 2015 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) in Green River, Utah, June 24-27.

The team launched two rockets, named Truman V and Truman V.V, the latter of which “broke every record we had,” according to AIAA vice president Jonathan Jennings. Truman V.V reached an altitude of about 10,300 feet and speeds up to 1,900 feet per second. To put that into perspective, just over six football fields per second.

The competition only awards the top rocket in each of two categories: basic and advanced. The basic category measures rockets with a 10-pound payload reaching the closest to 10,000 feet. The advanced category measures rockets with a 10-pound payload reaching the closest to 25,000 feet. These awards went to MIT and Mississippi State University, respectively. MU AIAA received the light-hearted “Unnecessarily Pointy Award,” for its nose cone design on Truman V.V. For more information on the team, and to see photos from the competition, visit them on Facebook.



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