De La Salle Collegiate’s new Rocketry Club, led by sophomore Gabe Enghauser, held a successful launch today of three rockets on the school grounds, near the baseball field.
Enghauser says the criteria for a successful launch are
- Lifting off as expected
- Reaching a normal peak altitude, expected to be around 550 feet
- Landing safely with salvageable parts
Enghauser says that the model rocket must be assembled following the instructions to avoid mishaps.
A week ago, the group attempted an initial launch, and will now work on reaching their next goals: launching low-power and high-power rockets.
Enghauser says that the group is aiming to become the first high schoolers to send a rocket into space, reaching 100 kilometers in altitude. He says only two other schools in Michigan have Rocketry Clubs.