Sunday, July 18, 2004

NASA launches student-built rocket



By Ari Bloomekatz
Enquirer staff writer

A group of University of Cincinnati students proved they really are rocket scientists Saturday morning when NASA successfully launched a 20-foot rocket they had built from scratch.

The rocket, named Pathfinder, was launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility off the eastern shore of Virginia just south of Maryland. It was designed to soar nearly 30,000 feet into the air at a top speed of 1,400 mph.

The students had planned to recover the rocket after launch, but disabled its parachutes because of pre-flight concerns with the computer system.

Roger Rovekamp, 24, a project founder, said the group collected data about the motor and said the rocket likely sank into the ocean.

E-mail abloomekatz@enquirer.com




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