Rocketry club wins big at NASA competition

May 11, 2009

The ASU student rocketry club Daedalus Astronautics took a top award at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s 2009 University Student Launch Initiative rocket competition.

The club is made up of about 20 engineering students, most studying aerospace and mechanical engineering. Download Full Image

Daedalus Astronautics sent seven members to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to compete in April.

The team won an event in which competitors had to design, build and launch a reusable rocket with scientific payload (cargo) and try to reach an altitude of one mile. The Daedalus rocket reached a mile and 13 feet.

The ASU team competed against students from 18 other colleges and universities across the country, including Auburn University, Iowa State University, University of Alabama and Florida Institute of Technology.

Teams were evaluated on rocket performance, design, and scientific value of the payload.

“We enrolled in this competition to give our new members a chance to take charge in the design, construction and launch of a high-powered sounding rocket,” said James Villarreal, founder of the club.

“This was a fantastic learning experience for the newer members on our team,” says Villarreal.  “I'm very happy to say that this team will continue to do well long after the senior members are gone.”

The competition is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, all areas of expertise deemed critical to NASA's mission.

Daedalus Astronautics also recently garnered recognition when Villarreal won a top prize at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation International Student Conference.

The team’s participation was made possible by sponsorship from Raytheon Corp., Orbital Sciences Corp., ATK, and Freescale Semiconductor.

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'Research Stories' site debuts

May 11, 2009

In recent months, some newspapers and magazines have written their final stories and closed their doors. For many, it is the end of their business, the end of the word, the last of the pages.

After 23 years, ASU's Research Magazine printed its last 58-page magazine this spring-a beautiful, glossy, richly illustrated, 4-color publication. It has featured the best of research and creativity at the University by the top writers in our community. But in a University that prides itself on sustainability and has dealt with increasingly leaner budgets in the past year, it was time to move ASU's research stories to an on-line publication.

"The print magazine has served us well," says R. F. "Rick" Shangraw, ASU Vice President for Research and Economic Affairs, "but our readers, both in recruitment and retention, are electronically wired and they expect media-rich communications."

The new electronic publication will include stories that humanize ASU's vast body of research-from the clean labs of the Flexible Display Center to the bronze pours in the sculpture studio-but it will also include video clips, slide shows, podcasts and audio. Research Stories will be updated weekly. We hope you'll visit soon and often." target="_blank">