|USU’s student-designed rocket,
“the Sturgeon,” took flight Aprill
22 at the NASA hosted spring
competition held at Bragg Farms
in Toney, Ala.
Utah State University engineering students captured first-place honors for the fourth time in five years. Not a bad record, especially considering that the highly competitive competition is hosted by NASA.
Making the first-place title official, NASA recently announced that USU’s student team took the top prize during the 2012 University Student Launch Initiative hosted by the NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center.
On April 22 USU’s Chimaera Rocket Team bested more than 500 students, representing 41 colleges and universities in 28 states, when the team launched its rocket and payload at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala. This year’s victory marks the fourth first place entry by USU in the previous five years. The USU-built rocket was also recognized by the NASA peer review panel as the best overall vehicle design, an award given to the most creative, innovative and safety-conscious rocket design.