Animas High rocket team has the right stuff for national competition

News

Animas High rocket team has the right stuff for national competition

Rocketry is a science of precision, patience and two uncracked eggs
Cloudbusters, from left, Alma Wolf, Grady James, Mason James and Riley Amos, find the center of gravity of a rocket. Variables, such as temperature and humidity, are fed into computer software that includes rocket characteristics, such as center of gravity, to give the team an estimated height for a launch. Adding as much accurate data as possible leads to more accurate predictions by the software.
To help

On May 2, Grassburger, 726 Main Ave., will donate 10 percent of each meal – for customers who request it – to the CloudBusters, which is looking to raise $10,000 to attend the Team America Rocketry Challenge in Washington, D.C. Customers who wish to support the team should tell the employee at the register they want 10 percent of their meal to be donated to the CloudBusters.
In addition, the CloudBusters have a gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/rocket-team-makes-nationals-in-dc.
As of Tuesday, the team has raised $3,170.

Animas High rocket team has the right stuff for national competition

Cloudbusters, from left, Alma Wolf, Grady James, Mason James and Riley Amos, find the center of gravity of a rocket. Variables, such as temperature and humidity, are fed into computer software that includes rocket characteristics, such as center of gravity, to give the team an estimated height for a launch. Adding as much accurate data as possible leads to more accurate predictions by the software.

Animas High rocket team has the right stuff for national competition

Sage Davis and Alma Wolf measure their rocket during a series of launch practices Sunday at James Ranch. Strict specifications are set for entries in the Team America Rocketry Challenge. The specs set approve lengths and weights for rockets among dozens of requirements that must be met for a valid entry.

Animas High rocket team has the right stuff for national competition

Riley Amos wires one of the Cloudbusters rockets just before a launch on Sunday at the James Ranch. Data for every launch is recorded in a laptop. The Cloudbusters try to figure out why actual results vary from the software’s predicted results.

Animas High rocket team has the right stuff for national competition

Chris Atchison prepares a rocket for launch Sunday. Every other weekend, the Cloudbusters conduct test launches at the James Ranch to dial in consistency.

Animas High rocket team has the right stuff for national competition

The Cloudbusters take a little black powder out of the charge that ejects the parachute on their rocket because a full charge melts the chute. The parachute slows the rocket’s descent and protects two eggs on board that must survive the flight uncracked.
Reader Comments
click here to add your event
Durango ~ Events
click here to add your event
Durango ~ Events