Thursday, May 22, 2014

Rocket and Balloon Launched by Triton Rocket Club

Undergraduate involved with the Triton Rocket Club at UC San Diego celebrated two successes recently. The students launched both a rocket and a near-space balloon over the May 11-12 weekend.

The UC San Diego undergraduates launched their rocket, “Starfish Prime,” at the Lucerne Dry Lake rocket launch site in the Mojave Desert. Starfish Prime reached 820 mph (over mach 1) and 4,769 ft (almost a mile). The students recovered the rocket intact. You can watch the launch in the video embedded below. 

Triton Rocket Club at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering 

Starfish Prime shoots up over the Mojave Desert

Students with the Triton Rocket Club also launched its first balloon system recently. It reached 105,696 feet in altitude. The near-space photos and videos from the balloon’s trip, see below, and definitely worth checking out. 

According to Triton Rocket Club president Nico Montoya, the milestones described above are solid steps forward towards their current goal of being the first undergraduate team to go to space (62 miles), which they plan on doing via a rocket launched on high-altitude balloon. Their next step is building a rocket to compete in the University Student Rocketry Challenge (USRC) over the summer that will fly over two miles high, which they have received NASA funding for through the California Space Grant Consortium.

Triton Rocket Club

The Triton Rocket Club (TRC) is a pre-professional club founded at the University of California, San Diego in the fall quarter of the 2011 school year. TRC was founded with the vision that it would aid students interested in rocketry to gain practical and technical experience as well as help them attain the necessary skills and connections to get internships. Currently, the Triton Rocket Club continues to give students an opportunity to apply the knowledge they have learned in the classroom to real world projects.

Triton Rocket Club Executive Officers
President: Nico Montoya
Vice President: Nathan Woodward
Secretary: Monique McClain
Treasurer: Krishna Gadani
Public Relations: Daniel Kaminski
Corporate Relations: Alex Akopian

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
SPAWAR (Space an Naval Warfare Systems Command)
NASA/California Space Grant Consortium
UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering
UC San Diego Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP)
Aerocon Systems
ATA Engineering

Rocket Club Blasts Off (Dec 3, 2013)

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