Mechanical Engineering students recently joined forces with Manufacturing and Math students to launch the most accurate rocket amongst more than 20 entries at the 2013 international competition in Green River, Utah.
With a goal of 10,000 feet above ground, the 10 ft carbon fiber “FireFly” peaked at just 100 feet above target – BYU’s best performance ever, and perhaps best ever for the competition.
Students from BYU’s Mechanical Engineering Department attended the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) near Green River, Utah on June 21-23, 2012.
Members of the team were Cody Peterson (MET junior), Levi Rupert (ME senior), Brettany Rupert (ME BS ’12), Ben Halling (MET senior), Eric Wilcox (ME senior), and Eric Hardester (MBA/ME MS student).
As part of the 2010-2011 NASA University Student Launch Initiative competition, the BYU Mechanical Engineering Department and the Fulton College of Engineering sponsored capstone team 12 in building a rocket that would compete against other universities.
The rocket had to carry an innovative payload to 5,280 ft AGL and land within 2500 ft of the landing pad with 10 mph winds.
School Year (term): 2010-2011
Sponsor: BYU Mechanical Engineering/ NASA
Team Name: BYU Rocketry
Coach: Jerry Bowman
Team Members: Jeff Kitchen , Joel Shepherd , Kei Eto , Manil Poudyal , Robb Hays , Sam Wood
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.
BYU Mechanical Engineering students attended the 2009 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. Their rocket, Cosmo, has a successful test flight at the Utah Rocketry Club's meet. However, at the competition, Cosmo burst into flames on the pad due to a faulty commercial motor.