(November 20th, 2017)
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The BYU Rocketry Club recently had their 3rd Annual Student Launch Competition! Each year, this competition allows students to form teams of two or three students, design a custom rocket, and fly it to a target altitude. Teams use an identical rocket motor and measure the altitude their rocket reaches using an altimeter, a device that measures the difference in air pressure both at ground level, and at the peak height of the rocket's flight.

The 1st Annual BYU Rocket Competition in 2015 started a movement among BYU students that were interested in rockets and space. This event brought together many students who pushed for more advanced projects and higher club participation in the years following the event. In just two years’ time, what began as a small club activity of 15 people, has since grown into a highly popular event for the students and spectators alike!

This year over 70 people including spectators showed up to watch the launching of over 50 student rockets at Frank Hunt Field near Vernon, Utah. For many of these students, this competition was the perfect way for them to demonstrate the skills and ingenuity that they have gained while studying at BYU.

Students use a variety of methods and supplies to construct their rockets such as 3D printing, laser cutters, store-bought materials, and more. The rockets are designed in open-source software called OpenRocket which allows the students to know important properties of the rocket based on their design, as well as the predicted altitude. Points were awarded based on these criteria. In the end a final score was given.  The winning group was able to achieve a total altitude of 1797 ft, only 47 ft over the target!

For more information about the club and its various projects, visit rocketry.byu.edu

The Results of the competition are as follows:

FINAL SCORE

Name

Name

Name

91.50

Matthew Fisher

Matthew Roberts

Chris Harden

90.85

Ryan Corless

Hayden Oliver

Zachary Jones

89.54

Arnold Wright

Carson Knight

 

89.50

Rebecca Crowley

Nathan Blanchard

 

88.25

Natasha Wilson

Anthony Viglione

Alex Shields

85.80

Ted Tyler

Taylor Ouimette

Connor Sefcik

85.58

Annie Wesolek

Ellyse Taylor

 

85.40

Harris Rothaermel

Jacom Gerber

 

80.47

Caden Wilson

Samuel Carlson

McKay Christensen

77.16

Ryan Burgess

Meili Jensen

William Hart

76.15

Riley Creer

Stephanie Smith

James Webb

74.84

Ryan Merrell

Colton Zaugg

David Asay

74.76

Levi Mitchell

   

70.40

Joshua Jordan

York Kern

Travis Talbot

66.20

Alan Ludlow

Sierra Croft

Thomas Armstrong

49.12

Justin Whitaker

Adam Boud

Tyson Maag

48.00

Aaron Janke

Andy Armstrong

Lauren King