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UA Student Rocket-Design Team Places Fourth in Annual NASA Competition

The Akronauts and their rocket in Amherst, Ohio, in February for the vehicle test launch and payload demonstration for the 2020 NASA Student Launch Competition.

By Kaitee Horstmann, Copy Editor

September 21, 2020

The Akronauts, the student rocket-design team at The University of Akron, received fourth place overall in the 2020 NASA Student Launch Competition out of 54 total teams who participated this year. According to a UA press release, the Akronauts spent eight months building their rocket from start to ...

UA Student Rocket Design Team Heading to NASA Competition

Akronauts Adam McElfresh (left) and Matthew Reppa, along with Chris Pearson, the team’s mentor, load their rocket onto the launch rail, which keeps the rocket going straight as it initially builds up speed. This test launch was held at the National Association of Rocketry field located in Amherst.

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

April 1, 2019

The University of Akron’s student rocket-design team, the Akronauts, will be competing in NASA’s 2019 Student Launch Competition in Huntsville, Alabama from April 4-6.   Founded in 2014, the Akronauts are comprised of students from the College of Engineering. Through hands-on experience, the students ...