UNL rocket team to compete at NASA student launch April 20
Released on 04/17/2013, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
A team of University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineers will be in Huntsville, Ala., April 17-21, to go "one mile high" with the rocket they built for the 2013 NASA student launch competition.
The UNL Rocket Team returns for its second year in the University Student Launch Initiative contest, vs. more than 30 college and university teams. In spring 2012, its first time at the event, the team placed third for altitude closest to the goal.
"We were extremely excited to get third (in the altitude competition)," said civil engineering junior Bryan Kubitschek of Lincoln, who leads the Nebraska team. "We beat the Big Ten schools (Michigan, Purdue and Penn State) there, as well as MIT."
The UNL team is part of a club: the Nebraska student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Six members of the Nebraska group compete in Alabama this year, while some other participating teams bring 15 to 30 participants.
According to NASA, this annual event "challenges teams of enterprising young engineers, scientists and innovators to design, test and build large, high-powered rockets, capable of flying to the target altitude of one mile and carrying working, retrievable science or engineering payloads."
The teams' efforts will culminate on launch day, April 20, and NASA will provide live coverage of this year's event on the social Web service UStream, including embedded Twitter feed (hashtag #1MileHigh) starting Saturday at 8 a.m. CDT; watch for the Nebraska team at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc.
The UNL team conducted outreach for the past year to earn event points, and led activities for hundreds of guests at the 2013 Nebraska Robotics Expo, the Lincoln Public Schools Science Fair and UNL Engineering Week Open House; UNL AIAA members also mentored a local FIRST Lego League youth robotics group. Learn more at the team's website: http://usli.unlaiaa.com/.
The UNL Rocket Team collaborated locally with The Heartland Organization of Rocketry for a test launch reaching 3,700 feet, and the Tripoli Rocketry Association helped the team prepare for the competition with launch attempt to 10,000 feet.
In addition to Kubitschek, UNL Rocket Team members traveling to Huntsville include Brad Christensen, a junior mechanical engineering major from Omaha; C.J. O'Hara, a freshman computer engineering major from Lincoln; Avery Quandt, a sophomore computer engineering major from Broken Bow; and Nate Wulf, a junior mechanical engineeering major from Springfield. Kevin Cole, professor of mechanical and materials engineering, is the team's adviser.
Writer: Carole Wilbeck
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