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Students from around the globe compete in NASA rocket competition

By Associated Engineering Press

Nearly 50 teams from across the country are in Huntsville this weekend to show, and eventually blast off, their custom-made rockets. Let’s be clear, these aren’t your bottle rockets you can buy at a fireworks tent.

University of Alabama Senior, Tom Andreando explains how the Crimson Tide’s rocket works. “A camera on the bottom of the payload is going to take pictures of the ground and analyze the pictures to find out where landing hazards might be so then using that data and GPS coordinates, it’s going to find out which way it needs to move to avoid landing hazards,” he says.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 150 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.


Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Posted on: April 18, 2016    /    Posted in:   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, In The News, Students    /    Features: