Hello loyal readers of the rocketry blog! We will begin biweekly posts detailing our progress, outreach, and launches. These biweekly posts will be tagged with "updates." They will be accompanied by special posts about launches, outreach events, and particularly important moments. Additionally, the blog will begin including TARC information as well. Look out for our posts over the coming months.
October 1st Update
This is now my fourth year on the team, and I'm hoping it'll be the best. I'll start with some history that is missing. Two years ago, we entered into Battle of the Rockets Planetary Lander division. After some serious work and great flights, we won first place in that competition. Inspired by this, we entered the Mars Rover and Sounding Rocket competitions last year, winning first in Sounding Rocket but failing to complete the Mars Rover in time. This year, we are attempting the two competitions again with a renewed focus on completion.
These posts will all have the same format: general updates, the biweekly updates, and sub-updates about Mars Rover, Sounding Rocket, TARC stuff, and launches. We haven't made much progress with the Mars Rover. Everyone knows the rules, but we are still brainstorming how to move the rover without wheels or treads and how to collect dirt autonomously. Most of the next few weeks will be spent finalizing these designs.
While we racked our brains on the Mars Rover, the sounding rocket has sat untouched. We've come up with a fin design, but not much else is ready. This will be a major focus in the coming weeks. Expect more information.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we have expanded our TARC program to three teams. One, led by myself, includes two students from NCSSM and another Jordan student. Amy's team is all-girls, set to take finals by storm. The last team is still working out their membership.
In other news, we're working hard on the sounding rocket from last year, getting ready for the launch on October 13. Hopefully, we can take some of the new people out to that launch and show them what a rocketry launch is like!
Anyway, this post has been shorter than I wanted it to be. Future posts will be longer, and written by others. Thanks for reading!
This blog will be updated once a week over the course of the 2018-2019 school year, detailing our progress. It will be signed at the end by a member of the team.