Rockets soar over challenges

FREDERICKSBURG HIGH SCHOOL “rocket scientists” successfully and independently designing, building and launching this transonic rocket included junior class members: (in front, from left) Kenna Ramsey, Cade Ottmers, Jonathan Ivers, Hagan Edwards and James Jarreau, and (back row, from left) Kash Millard, Anissa Kneese, Joshua Hampton, Drake Horstman, Austin Walter, Luke Littman, Brian Heifner, Zachery Clark, Travis Koenig and Daniel Nguyen. Also helping with the project, but not pictured, were Jorden Moretti and Allen Rodriguez. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

 By Lisa Treiber-Walter —


A total of 57 rockets from 26 schools flew over the Hill Country during Rockets 2013 hosted at the Hillview Ranch in Willow City Thursday through Sunday, May 2-5.

Another 13 schools will be testing their project vehicles at a satellite Houston launch location next week for a combined total of 73 rockets to be tested, according to founder of the program and Fredericksburg High School teacher, Brett Williams.

Thursday’s windy, cloudy and cold weather created an acute problem, forcing cancellation of all flights planned that day, while support personnel and funding also continue to be chronic challenges, Williams said.

“Temperatures affect oxidizers, winds affect trajectory and flight line and clouds affect safety of testing in reference to air space,” he added. “We experienced all the issues over the four days: low ceiling, low/high temperatures and high winds.”

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