BYU Mechanical Engineering students took second place in the 5th annual Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) held June 16-18, 2010, near Green River, Utah. The team consisted of Matt Campbell, Robert Campbell, Chris Howald, Tommy Hyatt, Michael Jarvis, Vicky Lee, Kasey Pearce, Chad Pharo, Roger Smith, David Standring, and Samikshya Subedi.
After the launch, the BYU team only had to walk 1.5 miles to retrieve their rocket, Phoenix – the shortest distance in the competition. One team had to walk five miles to find their rocket, and it took them two days. BYU’s rocket suffered a broken nose cone and a fractured fin, but otherwise returned to earth ready for another mission.