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OSU rocketry team wins first place in Argonia Cup competition

(STILLWATER, Okla., April 27, 2017) – The OSU American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) High-Power Rocketry Team took home first place after competing against the Mississippi State University Space Cowboys and the Saint Louis University Rocket Propulsion Laboratory in the inaugural Argonia Cup competition hosted by Kloudbusters in Argonia, Kansas.

The team was required to take a golf ball payload to 8,000 feet and recover the payload as close to the launch site as possible. They developed a rocket-deployed autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that would separate from the rocket upon descent and fly itself via GPS back to the launch site.

Dr. Jamey Jacob, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, and the OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute (USRI), provided funding for the rocket construction and flight, as well as the autonomous drone payload hardware. The majority of the parts were 3D printed at OSU.

“With our program still in its infancy, having only been founded eight months ago, we are tremendously excited to have come this far and performed as well as we did,” says team member Lucas Utley.

With the help and support of Dr. Andy Arena, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, and a sponsorship from the NASA Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium, the team plans to compete at the Spaceport America Cup in June in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The sponsorship will cover almost all costs associated with the Cup including rocket hardware, motors, registration and travel.

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