Lauren Barthenheier, Correspondent
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Eagle Space Flight Team hopes to fly the first undergraduate rocket above 100 km, the official boundary of space. Several civilian teams around the world are working to send payloads and people in space using private funds. While some teams are competing for prizes, the Eagle Space Flight Team is motivated by their passion for space. Bryce Chanes, the project manager, hopes to accomplish flying the first undergraduate rocket to space within three years.
The idea for the Eagle Space Flight Team originated from Chanes’ technical report writing class. At first Chanes’ did not know how to approach this, but in the first week his professor, Dr. Matthew Haslam, informed the class that it is mainly focused on writing and submitting a proposal to the University. Chanes chose to propose flying the first amateur rocket to space. His professor and many of his classmates were very supportive of the proposal. In fact, some classmates have joined the project and are a part of the proposal writing team.
In the past month, the proposal writing team has been conducting research. Before deciding to move forward with the venture, they solicited input from faculty members. Many faculty and staff have been very supportive of the project.
However, the biggest obstacle facing the team is the financial burden of launching a rocket to space. Without the capital to support the venture, the project cannot happen. The proposal writing team has been focusing on securing an Ignite Grant to fund the first year. However, they will not be able to support the project alone on University grants. The team will need support from outside sources to ensure the success of the mission. It is especially critical during the final year when they will be finalizing the designing and preparing to launch a seven meter tall and 25 centimeter wide rocket.
The goal is to launch the rocket in May 2017. It will be launched at Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada. Within 15 seconds of launch, the rocket will reach a speed of Mach five and an altitude of 30,000 feet. Three minutes after launch, the rocket will reach a maximum altitude of over 70 miles. Ten minutes later, it will return to earth for recovery.
If you are interested in the project, please go on Control Tower or contact Bryce Chanes at [ChanesB@my.erau.edu] for more information.
Barthenheier, Lauren. "Eagle Space Flight Team Has High Hopes." Editorial. Horizons Newspaper [Prescott, AZ] 16 Oct. 2014: n. pag. Horizons Newspaper. 16 Oct. 2014. Web. 9 Nov. 2014.