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West engineering, technology students participate in Moog Rocket Challenge

West Senior Engineering Academy and Technology students had the opportunity in the fall to participate in Moog, Inc.’s Regional Rocketry Challenge. The event took place at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, New York.

Students designed and built a rocket that would meet the following requirements: 

  • The weight would not exceed 650 grams gross weight at liftoff.
  • They had to have a length no less than 650 millimeters (25.6 inches) as measured from the lowest to the highest points of the airframe.
  • For the payload, the rocket will carry three raw hen’s eggs with a weight of 55-61 grams.
  • The altitude performance goal is 856 feet. (Note: Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon at 8:56 p.m. Houston time on July 20, 1969 on the Apollo 11 mission).
  • The flight duration goal is a range of 43 to 46 seconds.

This year’s competition commemorated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the 100th anniversary of the Aerospace Industries Association.

The goal of the competition is to qualify for the Team America Rocketry challenge, which takes place annually in May at Washington D.C.  This event allows 100 qualified schools from across the country to compete in the challenge.

Prevailing winds along with rain prevented a safe launch for the day, however, students were able to tour the museum and see its many exhibits. Fighter planes from World War II were on display and accessible for students to explore. 

Moog held workshops for students, which discussed the history of rocketry, the various ways to build a rocket, along with a paper airplane flight competition. 

Any student interested in rocketry should see teacher Jason Bulas in room No. 9 after school on Mondays and Tuesdays to participate in the Team America Rocketry Challenge.