BWood Classes Celebrate Spring Rocket Success

BWood Classes Celebrate Spring Rocket Success
Posted on 05/17/2023
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Brazoswood SystemsGo Rocket classes have achieved remarkable success this spring. As the teacher, Chris McLeod, recounts the memorable launch at Smith Point in 2023, it becomes evident that the teams have accomplished something truly special. Here is a brief recap in Chris McLeod’s own words:

All six rockets made it through rigorous flight checks

Six rockets had successful stable launches off the rail

Six rockets maintained mechanical integrity, and

Six rockets had successful deployment event

What a feat by these teams!

The winds of the coast and cloud ceiling limited recovery efforts. So far, three of the rockets have been fully recovered. Both transonic rockets were spotted under chutes, one in the bay (fishing attempt underway) and one that was spotted by several downrange (not yet recovered). The final rocket is currently in a gators nest, awaiting recovery with safer methods tomorrow. We hope to have flight data early next week, though some of the teams were already digging in as we were packing up.

We also got to hang with the Brazoswood A/V and journalism teams, as they came out to interview students and capture launch day footage. How cool!

These pictures give a glimpse into the many many flight readiness checkpoints the teams must pass to get to the rail, as well as that incredible moment as months of work comes down to the push of a button.

Every team faced issues. And every team overcame it.

There is a culture of excellence, passion, and problem solving that these students build up in each other and pass down year to year.

I get the joy of watching from the sidelines all semester (and today) as they execute the mission.

Congratulations to these teams, and thank you SystemsGo for your staff and volunteer support to see these rockets become reality in the air.

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