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A Rocketing Success at Skyline

Posted by Jake G. on 6 May, 2014
The Skyline Physics Club Rocketry Team has qualified to compete in the National “Team America Rocketry Challenge” National Fly-Offs. The team designed, constructed and launched a rocket weighing less than 650g equipped with two identical parachutes. Per the challenge requirements, the rocket successfully launched a raw egg to an altitude of exactly 825 feet while keeping it unbroken for 48-50 seconds of the launch. A member of the National Association of Rocketry scored the team and ranked them based on the sum of their best two flights and points received for precision and consistency in their rocket design. These scores were submitted to the National Team America Rocketry Challenge Board and the team ranked in the top 100 nationwide! Becky Fowler, club coordinator adds, “This is the third time in four years that we’ve qualified for the national fly-offs. In the past 10 years we’ve participated in the competition, this is the fifth time we’ve qualified!” The Team America Rocketry Challenge National Fly-Offs takes place in Virginia on May 10. Along with the rocketry competition, students will enjoy breakfast on Capitol Hill and visit the Air and Space Museums.