A bunch of students have managed to construct a 50-foot record-breaking rocket.
Students working for United Launch Alliance are not just into lining up at the xerox machine or getting a double mocha latte for the boss. They’re also into constructing record-breaking rockets.
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On the Sunday that just passed us by, the students managed to launch a 50 foot tall Future Heavy rocket from Fort Carson Army Post. This automatically breaks the record for the largest sport rocket ever launched. The rocket was created by interns and took a little mentoring from their seniors.
The president of the firm said that in his organization they liked to have the interns experience reality for themselves. ULA managed to launch two rockets built by interns on Sunday.
One of these was the Future Heavy and the other one was the Genesis rocket. The Future Heavy launched at 11 A.M. The images of this rocket in flight appeared on Twitter soon afterwards.
“It is an exciting time to be in the space industry, and United Launch Alliance continuously works to excite the next generation of rocket scientists, astronauts, space entrepreneurs and enthusiasts,” said Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO.
“The Student Rocket Launch offers students from kindergarten through graduate school a hands-on opportunity to design, test and ultimately launch their creations – a simulation of the multi-year missions ULA works with our customers.”
One of the Twitteratti also posted a video of the launch of the rocket. As for the launch of the Genesis rocket, it was delayed a bit due to technical issues. However, this mission was also a success.
The Future Heavy is basically a sport rocket. It therefore has a recreational usage rather than a practical one. It had on board four heavy payloads. These were designed by the interns at Ball Aerospace.
Also more than a dozen small payloads were placed in the rocket. These in turn were designed by students from K-12 schools. This rocket reached 10,000 feet into the atmosphere.
Since the past half a decade or so, interns have been given the choice to work on the Future Heavy that is apart from the normal run-of-the-mill jobs.
About 300 people contributed towards building the rocket. The ULA is basically a meeting of minds between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Uptil now, this organization has launched over 100 rockets.
Among the rockets it excels in making are the Atlas V and the Delta IV. The space program of this firm is about to expand even more so in the future. Interns play a vital role in the creativity and influx of fresh ideas into the organization.
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They are literally the leavening agent in the makeup of this firm. Also, they themselves benefit immensely from spending valuable time at the firm accumulating experience and finding out new things about the world.