MIT Rocket Team Places First at International Rocket Engineering Competition

Published in MIT News on July 22, 2015, by Caitlin Fischer, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Rocket designed and built by AeroAstro students outperforms entries from 36 other teams.

The MIT Rocket Team came in first place in the Basic (10,000 feet) category of the 2015 International Rocket Engineering Competition this June.

The team launched its rocket for the Experimental Sounding Rocketry Association's competition in Green River, Utah, along with representatives from 36 other universities from seven countries. It was the team's first time participating in the competition. The category required the students to launch a rocket to 10,000 feet, deploy a payload for a scientific mission of their own design, and provide deliverables throughout the year for judging and review.

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