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Getting to know T-D’s Rocket Society

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By: Rayaan Ba, Staff Reporter

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T-D’s Rocket Society has been operating for three years, trying to send a rocket to space. On Saturday, May 26th, the team accomplished their first step in their journey, launching a rocket in a statewide competition in Geneseo, NY. It provided an engaging way for students interested in engineering to explore the field. We interviewed some members on their motivations and why they enjoy the Rocket Society.

Senior Gavin Tomlinson:

“I joined Rockets in my sophomore year of high school (about 3 years ago).I loved the idea of being able to send a rocket to space all by ourselves. I personally want to study aerospace engineering, so another reason was to get a head start on my future career. I enjoy wrong with the actual mechanical pieces of the rocket. It’s nice to able to have a tangible representation of a field you study. That being said, I still enjoy studying the scientific theory behind rocketry, as well as the chemistry of rocket fuels (which we also mix ourselves).”

Senior Greg Livingstone:

“I have been part of the Rocket Society since my sophomore year (when it was formed). The previous year, I had taken a class taught by Mr Johnson called Skyrockets, where we learned about the theory and operation of rockets. Engineering hs been a passion of mine & joining the Rocket Society has only helped it grow. My favorite role in the Society is assembling the propulsion mechanisms & telemetry (the computers that control and record the rocket’s flight).”

Senior Lisa Kirabo:

“I’ve always had a fascination with rockets. As a child, a lot of my toys were model rockets. I would try to figure out how the different components and how they fit together. When I came to TD, I was super happy to find out that it had a rocket club. My favorite thing to do was making the propellant.”

This ambitious group of young engineers have come a long way since their first day and we look forward to seeing their future projects.

The Rocket Society can only go up from here!

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