Haskell Rocketry wins 2013 First Nations Rocket Launch!

HASKELL ROCKETRY TEAM TAKES FIRST PLACE IN FIRST NATIONS LAUNCH WITH ROCKET MADE OF WOOD, ANIMAL GLUE, AND ELK LEG SINEW

Also wins best climate change experiment and most aesthetic rocket awards

The Haskell High Power Rocketry Team took first place in the 2013 First Nations Rocket Launch contest held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 27th. The Haskell team spent thousands of person-hours constructing an environmentally friendly, sustainable, non-toxic rocket made entirely of wood, animal glue, and elk leg sinew. The Haskell team flew a climate change payload, designed and built by the University of Kansas Physics and Engineering Student Organization (PESO), that measured carbon dioxide as a function of altitude. The Haskell/PESO payload won best climate change experiment in the contest and the Haskell rocket won the most aesthetic rocket award.

Haskell flew their rocket on a Cesaroni K570 engine. It reached an altitude of 5413 feet, achieved a maximum speed of ABC feet per second, and descended safely on a parachute. The Haskell team was able to predict the final altitude of their rocket within 1.5%.

The Haskell rocket was a feat of both modern and ancient engineering techniques. Haskell students packed the parachutes of their rocket with tobacco and sweet grass, wood-burned their sponsors’ logos, and taught themselves how to weave elk-leg sinew to make steel-like bands to reinforce the tubes of the rocket. This project serves as an ideal example of how traditional culture and indigenous knowledge can be incorporated into a scientific classroom. For this reason the Haskell rocket was named the “Indigenuity”.

The Haskell Rocket team was composed of students in the Haskell High Power Rocketry course, their instructor Mr. Lucas Miller, and members of the Haskell High Power Rocketry Club. More information and photos of the launch can be found at: http://haskellrocket.imgur.com, www.haskellrocket.com, https://www.facebook.com/haskellrocket, and https://twitter.com/haskellrocket

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Haskell High Power Rocketry, (785) 608-1469, tyler.levier@haskell.edu

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