This past week the CRW has been hard at work finishing putting our first full scale rocket together. The team experienced some technical issues while using the 3D printer, which resulted in a printer shut down and the need to locate another printer to use. Thankfully, the printer issue was resolved and the team also located a back-up printer incase another issue were to happen.
The team really pulled together this week and finished assembling their first rocket. Sunday morning came with an early rise to make sure that all parts of the rocket made it to the field. The team then traveled down to Childersburg, Alabama for the launch. While the sky was a bit overcast and cloudy, the team was hopeful for a break in the sky to get to launch. With the rocket assembled and the team picture taken, one of the range officers approached the team and brought some unsettling news. The cloud coverage wasn’t going to break.
Disappointed and concerned looks were exchanged between teammates. The team was really looking forward to launching the maiden flight of their full scale rocket. Despite trying to find a way to lower the altitude of the flight, the call was eventually made to not try and adjust the motor just for the sake of flying. The option was presented to launch next weekend in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
With heavy hearts, the team started to disassemble the rocket. Teammates shared their immediate thoughts to boost morale. Teammate Andrew said that “I mean, it was a good dry run to show that we can do everything. Next time should go smoother.” Teammate Davis said “We assembled the rocket very efficiently and definitely ironed out the kinks in our SOP. Personally, I’m extremely impressed with how smoothly our assembly went despite the snags with the fin can and shear pin hole alignment.”
Figuring that the launch would fill the whole day, most members decided to use the extra time to grab a bite to eat before heading back. Many team members wanted to stop at an Alabama favorite, Milo’s Hamburgers. Milo’s is mostly known for its hamburgers and its sweet tea. Teammate Justin wishes that there was one closer to Huntsville because he really enjoys it.
After getting home and letting team members get some sleep and work on homework, teammate and Project Manager Nathanial said that “The team really came together to get this rocket built. Multiple team members took on responsibilities exceeding their expected deliverables. The planning process was much improved from the subscale build, and challenges were taken in stride. I feel like this was the most fun the team had had in a while.”