All, I know it has been long awaited, and many of you already know the results, but this is the official release of our competition standings. As of a week from today, our team received notification from NASA that we placed 2nd of 36 teams in the annual University Student Launch Initiative national competition. As it turned out, Vanderbilt edged us out by a very narrow margin; the top five places were as follows:
- 1st - Vanderbilt University
- 2nd - University of Louisville
- 3rd - Tarleton State University
- 4th - Harper College
- 5th - Mississippi State University
Along with the overall placing, the team was awarded 3 of 7 individual award categories:
- Best Website (2nd year in a row)
- Best Overall Vehicle Design
- Best Educational Outreach
Here are a few interesting facts from our rocket:
- It stood at 9' 1" tall, weighed 40.38 pounds loaded, and traveled at 358 MPH maximum velocity.
- All systems were go at launch, and all but a few data capturing systems worked perfectly.
- The parachute was custom manufactured by the team, and contained over a mile of stitching.
- The final altitude achieved was 4713' AGL. •The rocket pulled about 9 g's on initial acceleration, and went from 0 to 60 MPH in a little over 12 feet.
- The rocket landed less than 0.25 miles from the launch pad, and all systems were recovered in perfect working condition.
NASA's video footage from the launch caught us at two different points. Our pre-flight interview is on this clip at the 1:03:35 time stamp: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/32904169
The footage of our rocket filmed by NASA's crew is on this clip at 2:20 time stamp: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/32916153 The team also compiled a video of our launch day proceedings, and it is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ThDi-UBM6k
The official NASA press release can be read here: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/news/releases/2013/H-13-147.html.
Additionally, Travis Kircher from WDRB news wrote an excellent article summing up this year's project: http://www.wdrb.com/story/22300689/april-sky-u-of-l-rocket-team-scores-in-nasa-competition
We would like to thank all of our supporters! We could not have come this far without you, and the team looks forward to competing in the competition next year. We hope to have brought pride to both Speed School and our community by putting our best foot forward in creating an innovative project, as well as through our educational outreach efforts. Thanks again, and let me know if you have any questions! Please feel free to forward this email, or use any of the content as needed.