Eight members of the Student Rocket Research Society (SRRS) recently earned certification from the National Association of Rocketry. Seven of the students earned a level one license in high-powered rocket flying. The eighth earned a level two certification for his rocket, which reached 6,000 feet and for AGL above-ground-level flight and recovery. The students designed, built andsuccessfullyflew their own rockets.
Students earning level one certification were Joe Bussenger; Alan Cruz-Gerena; Kristen Ericson; Brock Hedlund; Gabrielle Leesman; Matt Levy; andDavid Rollins. Jake Kafphamer earned a level two certification.
The 60-member organization, which meets every Monday, is working on a project they call Centurion to design a large-scale rocket and launch program. The project is being developed according to requirements for the Carmack prize, a $10,000 award for a group that can launch a rocket to over 100,000 feet—very high for an amateur rocket—and log GPS data. The SRRS has scheduled its rocket to fly in April 2013.
The SRRS will also send two teams to the Space Florida Hybrid Rocket Challenge, which will be held in Bunnell, Fla., this April. An SRRS team took first place at this competition in 2011.