Broadcast 1184 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

30 Jun 2009 Dr. Paul Mueller, David Stechmann, Adam Vore
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Guests: Dr. Paul Mueller, Adam Vore, David Stechmann. Topics: rocket competition, college teams, aerospace engineering, building rockets. Dr. Mueller returned for this Space Show program to update us on the recent intercollegiate rocket engineering competition for the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) recently held in Utah. With him on the show were the first and second place team captains, Adam Vore from Cal State Long Beach and David Stechmann from the University of Washington. Adam was with us for the first half of the show and David was with us for the second half of the show. Both Adam and David told us about their respective entries but more to the point, they discussed how they built and tested their rockets and the components, what it was like getting it all ready to fly in the competition, the problems they encountered and the solutions to those problems. Their stories were compelling, inspiring, and totally fun! To win the competition, the winner had to get the closest to 10,000 feet but also there were oral and written papers involved, not just the flight score. Please check the ESRA website for the papers and videos from the competition. The URL is http://soundingrocket.org. If you have questions or comments for our guests, please email them as follows: Dr. Paul Mueller: paul.mueller.iii@gmail.com; Adam Vore: vegandiver@gmail.com; David Stechmann: dstech@u.washington.edu.

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