By Mike McFarland
Staff Writer

LCCC Aerospace Group, Orbit, will compete against 23 teams from colleges and universities at the Wisconsin Regional Collegiate Rocket Competition April 27. Teams come from around the Midwest, competing to send a rocket as close to 3,000 feet as possible, while sending a video signal back down to the ground to record the flight from an on-board camera.  At the competition, students have the chance to design and construct rockets to be launched at the Richard Bong State Recreation Area in Wisconsin. The LCCC constructed rocket reached  916 feet at their most recent launch on April 7.

Members of Team Orbit Rob Hill (left), adviser Marlin Linger, Debbie Watkins and Matt Daugherty prepare to launch a rocket the team built. Submitted Photo

At the competition, students will be judged on their ability to correctly predict how high their rocket will go, and reports the students create before the competition. The competition will be scored by professional engineers from both academia and industry.

The mission of NASA’s Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium is to implement a coordinated statewide program of education, research, and outreach programs to maintain and enhance America’s leadership and Wisconsin’s future in space and aerospace science, design, and technology according to their website.

To watch the April 7 launch, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WKW1eBURgE or search youtube.com for ‘First flight of the LCCC team Orbit rocket’.