Latest 2017 Space Exploration ECS Posts

March 23, 2017

Space Exploration ECS | Local Aerospace Industry Bolsters Learning

Today was filled with interesting and exciting moments of learning. We toured the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base. In the morning we were in a class taught by various airmen and officers that explained the importance of satellites and other space technology. Col. DeAnna Burt, Commander of the 50th Space Wing, stopped in to say hello to us and commend us on our math skills as we worked through a team challenge related to the Global Positioning System (GPS). We ate lunch in the air...
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March 14, 2017

Space Exploration ECS | High Altitude Balloon Payloads and Satellite Technology

In our Space Exploration ECS we completed our final TARC rocket modifications and prepared them for the launch. When modifying our rockets most teams learned that in order to have a successful launch and landing, the rocket’s parachutes must completely deploy and each group’s specific criteria met. To achieve these goals some teams needed to reinforce their parachutes while others redesigned fins for added stability. Today we also worked on constructing our High Altitude Balloon (HAB)...
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March 11, 2017

Space Exploration ECS | Team America Rocket Competition

The Space Exploration ECS took to the skies as we launched 5 of our Team America Rocket Competition  (TARC) rockets. With the experience and guidance of our COSROCS team, we were able to successfully set up a launch pad in Elbert, Colorado on the Dancing DPW. After completing our safety checks, we primed our rockets for launch. Our goals for our rockets varied between teams, but most consisted of specific altitudes, launch-to-land times, and the safe return and recovery of an egg. We took...
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March 09, 2017

Space Exploration ECS | OpenRocket: Design and Simulate

The Space Exploration ECS been introduced to OpenRocket - a model rocket simulator that allows you to design and simulate your rockets electronically before actually building and flying them. During the process, we learned about the individual parts of a rocket. A rocket consists of, from top to bottom, a nose cone with a spiked head to prevent air resistance; the body tube, with a parachute inside for safe landing; the fins, which are trapezoid or triangle-shaped (a rocket usually contains 3...
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March 08, 2017

Space Exploration ECS | Lift Off

This morning the Space Exploration ECS group officially launched its first model rockets. The launch was originally scheduled for the first day of the ECS but we were forced to postpone due to a Red Flag Warning in Colorado Springs. The warning is named after the symbol that indicates a small craft ban due to wind. Our launch took place at Boddington Field at approximately 8:00 a.m. Each Viking rocket was equipped with an altimeter so that groups could record the peak height reached (called...
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February 01, 2017

Space Exploration | Course Description

Space Exploration Essential Question: What types of problems do spacecraft engineers need to solve, how do they go about solving them, and what tools do they use? Space…the final frontier. Our mission: to go where few humans have gone before. Our modes of transportation: rockets and high altitude balloons. In this ECS students will use the iterative engineering process to design, construct, simulate, test, and mathematically model flights of low-power rockets and high...
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March 11, 2017

Space Exploration ECS | Team America Rocket Competition

The Space Exploration ECS took to the skies as we launched 5 of our Team America Rocket Competition  (TARC) rockets. With the experience and guidance of our COSROCS team, we were able to successfully set up a launch pad in Elbert, Colorado on the Dancing DPW. After completing our safety...
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Working on the OpenRocket design simulator March 09, 2017

Space Exploration ECS | OpenRocket: Design and Simulate

The Space Exploration ECS been introduced to OpenRocket - a model rocket simulator that allows you to design and simulate your rockets electronically before actually building and flying them. During the process, we learned about the individual parts of a rocket. A rocket consists of, from top to...
» read more
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