This really is ‘rocket science’

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By Alex Randolph on May 12, 2014. No Comments

Alexandria Randolph/Staff With his team, licensed pilot and Marble Falls High School senior Lane Bingham decorated his transonic rocket with a little Texas pride.

Alexandria Randolph/Staff
With his team, licensed pilot and Marble Falls High School senior Lane Bingham decorated his transonic rocket with a little Texas pride.

Students in the Marble Falls High School aeroscience course are participating in the SystemsGo Aeroscience Rockets 2014, an annual rocket launch event set for Friday, and learning some life lessons along the way.

“The launch area is 45 minutes away. It’s a really big deal. Schools from all over the state come to this event,” said aeroscience teacher Randy Guffey.

The students are working on five rockets, three that are one-pound, one-mile rockets, designed to reach an altitude of one mile carrying a one pound payload, and two transonic rockets built by second year aeronautics students that are designed to break the speed of sound.

“They launch next Friday. Right now they are putting on the finishing touches,” Guffey said. “Since they only have one rocket, they’ve got to use a computer simulation to test it.”

The launch will take place on Friday, May 16 at Stewart’s Hillview Ranch at 4259 RR 1323 in Willow City. MFHS students will be launching five rockets between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and parents are encouraged to attend.

For the full story, see Tuesday’s Highlander.

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