Space Exploration | Course Description

February 01, 2017

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 altitude balloons. We will design our rockets to meet the 2016-17 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) criteria and may enter one or more teams in this national competition. Multiple launches of high altitude balloons will help us explore near-space conditions at altitudes of approximately 100,000 feet (three times as high as commercial jets!).  Students will design various data collection devices and imaging equipment to be used as balloons travel from ground level to atmospheric conditions, where the air is only one percent as dense as air at earth’s surface. Colorado Springs/Denver and Albuquerque are home to leaders in aerospace technology and education. We will take advantage of opportunities to engage with industry professionals in these locations by visiting organizations such as: Space Foundation, Aerospace Corporation, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, Boeing, Colorado Space Coalition, Kratos, Apogee, Honeywell, COSROCS, Lockheed Martin, and ATA. This ECS will leave campus on a near-daily basis to access launch sites, become licensed in HAM radio operation, balloon-chase, and learn from industry specialists. Excursions will include a multi-day trip to the Albuquerque region. Experience this ECS and take your first step towards becoming a leader in the aerospace industry!

Instructors: Eric Gaylord, Nicole Goyette

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