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WVU Experimental Rocketry team taking off for competitions

Experimental Rocketry team

WVU's Experimental Rocketry team will compete in New Mexico. 

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West Virginia University’s Experimental Rocketry team is preparing to take off for competition at the Spaceport America Cup in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where it will compete against 110 teams from 11 countries. The team has built its own 12-foot fiber glass rocket designed to carry 8.8 pounds of payload 10,000 feet into the sky, which it will test next month at a Tripoli Rocketry Association event.

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“I think we have a real shot at winning and we are looking forward to showing the world what WVU can do.” Tim Bear, mechanical and aerospace engineering major and WVUER president

The altitude the rocket reaches is a major component of the score but the quality of the design and construction is scored as well. In an attempt to achieve the maximum score possible, the team has built every component of the rocket from scratch except for the parachutes and safety-critical electronics.


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Experimental Rocketry team prepares to compete in international competition

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CONTACT: Mary C. Dillon, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources