Shooting Toward an Award
What do you do after you earn an award from NASA? If you’re the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering team, you do it again. For the second year, the Vanderbilt Aerospace Club won the PayloadDesign Award in the NASA University Student Launch Initiative. Teams from 29 universities were charged with the design, construction and launch of a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload and its safe return. Vanderbilt’s rocket used compact onboard thermoelectric generators that captured electrical energy from waste heat of the exhaust as the rocket rose in altitude, eventually reaching 4,644 feet. NASA commended Vanderbilt for the most creative and innovative payload experiment while maximizing scientific value and safety.