Thursday, April 28, 2022

UC San Diego Space and Rocket Science Makes Strong Showing at Barrio Logan Event

Space science and rockets built by UC San Diego students were front and center at the Barrio Logan Science and Art Expo on April 16, 2022. 

The event is an inclusive, annual art, science and culture fair for families from southern San Diego, organized in partnership by the Barrio Logan Association, the San Diego Festival for Science and Engineering, UC San Diego and other community partners. 

This year, two student organizations joined Professor Boris Kramer from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to crew a booth themed "Space Research at UCSD."

"We got a lot of attention," said Boris Kramer, a professor in the department, who was also in attendance. "It is incredibly rewarding to take part in these outreach events." 

Kramer's research group, whose work is supported by the National Science Foundation, showed recent research in space weather forecasting. They also investigate how holes in the sun's corona and solar storms can cause disruptions to satellites and GPS as well as cause Earth-based power outages. 

SEDS@UC San Diego showed off Vulcan I, the world's first rocket powered by a 3D printed engine to be designed and launched by undergraduate students in 2016. The organization has also developed a testing set up for static firing, various rocket engines, a lander testbed and more. 

The Rocket Propulsion Laboratory showcased their Phoenix rocket, designed to reach up to 50,000 ft in altitude, as well as their Marginal Stability rocket, which is designed to reach the Von Karman line typically considered the edge of space, at 52 miles above the surface of the Earth. 


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