UNC Charlotte Won Second Place in NASA’s Student Launch Competition 2019
Innovative engineering in the construction, launching and operation of an autonomous drone led the 49er Rocketry Team to an extremely successful 2019 competition. The drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), was the payload of the rocket, and judges ranked it as the top payload at the NASA Student Launch Initiative Competition held at Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on April 6th. The UNC Charlotte team, mentored by Dr. Jerry Dahlberg, finished second overall at the competition. The University of Vanderbilt placed first overall.
Forty-five teams from throughout the United States designed and built rocket systems for NASA’s annual high-powered rocketry competition. Requirements for the competition included launching a rocket to a predicted altitude, releasing a payload compartment, landing the payload with parachutes, deploying a drone from the payload compartment, and flying the drone to a designated spot and dropping a simulated navigational beacon.