This year’s competition rocket has made good progress over the month of March. With the design finalized we were able to begin working on parts for the fin cans and electronics bay. This included fiber-glassing sheets of wood and cutting out fins for the upper stage using the fiberglass reinforced wood with our CNC mill. Additionally we cut and sanded most of the wooden components for the fin cans and electronics bay. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Peter Wilkins at peter(dot)wilkins(at)ubseds(dot)org
The rocket for the 2016 University Student Rocket Competition is almost done with its design and next week we will start the process of building the rocket. The meeting time for the Competition Rocket this year is going to be Mondays at 7:00 pm in Furnas 1025 for the rest of the semester. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Peter Wilkins at peter(dot)wilkins(at)ubseds(dot)org
This year, SpaceVision was held in Boston, Massachusetts at Boston University. We have few pictures, but they capture what our members who attended the conference enjoyed most!
The trip began very late in the day, most students already exhaust from midterms, but catching up on what sleep they could to prepare for the excitement of SpcaeVision.
Outside of the event itself, our members had a chance to explore the local area some:
As well as the local shops:
More from SpaceVision itself, our members had a chance to listen to Vlada Stamenkovic, a geoscientist and theoretical physicist who explores the fundamental principles that determine the interior and surface evolution of the Earth and other planets in our solar system and beyond, as well as connecting his planetary science results to explore how humans can create artificial habitats and a sustainable society on Earth, the Moon, and Mars. He is the Simons Origin Of Life Fellow at Caltech and JPL. Here is a moment from his talk, pictured below:
Our members also captured a moment where the SEDS-USA National Board nominees were announced:
And at the end of another day, our members enjoyed a little R&R:
Our members arrived safely back home, and have shared plenty of stories and other photos with members who could not attend this year to encourage them to go next year. Overall, the trip was a success and we look forward to next year.
Late in April 2015 were the certification flights. Launch was with URRG (Upstate Research Rocketry Group) in Potter, NY. Cloudy day, but plenty of members progressed as well as welcoming new members! But, be wary of what you’re holding — as so photogenically captured by our current president, Daniel Miller.