What is it?
The Space Race is a challenging and exciting year long engineering competition, held for first year Launch Initiative members.
How does it work?
During the first few weeks of fall semester, all first year members are split into two teams, and put head to head in a year long engineering challenge, where each team designs, develops, and builds an L2 class high power rocket. During the Space Race, prospective rocketeers will learn everything from finite element analysis to avionics development to trajectory simulation.
L2 class rockets are high power rockets, and the L2 means that they are classified as Level 2 by the National Assosciation of Rocketry. High power rockets are a lot like model rockets, except that they can stand up to 12 feet tall, reach heights of 10,000+ feet, and go faster than the speed of sound!
How do you win?
By building the best rocket! At the end of the year, both rockets are flown at a local launch site. After a (hopefully) successful flight, the rockets are judged based on characteristics like height reached, accuracy, design, and ingenuity. The team who builds the best rocket (or in some cases, the one that survives) are crowned the Space Race champions!