Enterprise High School aerospace students launched rockets from the practice field on Nov. 19.
Aerospace teacher Nick Ciuzio said that each team of two students assembled one prefabricated rocket and one “totally homemade” rocket.
“Today is the culmination of about two weeks of design, build and testing prior to the launch of our rockets,” Ciuzio said.
He noted that one team had designed a multi-stage rocket and another team designed a cluster single staged rocket.
“(This is the) best group, bar none, since I’ve been instructing aerospace,” Ciuzio said.
He said that prior to launch day, he had gotten an FFA Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to let Fort Rucker and the airport know that rockets would be flying. His expected altitude for the rockets was a couple thousand feet in the air.
Students calculated the maximum altitude of the rocket using triangulation and angles.
He discussed some of the other things his students had learned during the two week build to launch day.
“The science of rockets is very specific; this is rocket science,” Ciuzio said. “So we’re teaching them primarily the forces of rocket propulsion, the physics of rocket stability, how to determine center of gravity and pressure for rockets and to use that information to estimate the performance (of a rocket).”