Pictured: IREC 2018 team poses with fully-assembled rocket before launch
The IREC 2018 team launched the final version of their rocket on Thursday, June 21 at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition in Spaceport America, New Mexico. Flying to an altitude of 28,448 feet, the rocket reached an apogee close to the team’s target altitude of 30,000 feet. It successfully recovered under drogue, and remained completely intact throughout the flight. All of these factors went into the team’s flight altitude and performance scores, winning the team second place in their category.
The rocket featured many student researched and designed components, including an avionics bay with a long-distance radio system, a reduced-diameter recovery system, a tip-to-tip carbon fiber fin lay-up, a powered decoupling mechanism, and a software-defined GPS payload.
The team is excited to return next year, with new designs and a continued enthusiasm for engineering excellence. Forwards and upwards!