Archive for the ‘Hot Rockets’ Category

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Last week Dave and Gary started to mow the Northwest Indian College Space Center Launch Complex. It’s located near the old blockhouse site on the extension of Kwina Road after it intersects with Hillaire Road. It took two days of mowing the tall grass, black berries, and smallish trees with the College’s Billy Goat brush […]

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The NWIC Space Center has assembled a team of eleven students that have committed to making a proposal to NASA for the University Student Launch Initiative. This is an 8 month commitment culminating in a rocket launch held mid-April in Huntsville, Alabama near the Marshall Space Center. For details (and a picture of the tremendous […]

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Great news! We just received the go-ahead from both the US and Canadian aviation agencies to launch high powered rockets here on the Lummi Reservation. We sought and received permission from the Lummi Nation in May and it’s taken this long to wade through the paperwork and the back and forth conversations to satisfy both […]

NASA USLI Workshop

Posted: 8th August 2010 by gbrandt in Hot Rockets, News
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Gary, Justin, Mariya, Patrisha, and Michael attended a 4-day NASA sponsored workshop about the Unisversity Student Launch Initiative. We toured ATK facilities near Promentory Point, UT, built two Patriot rockets and learned a great deal about the USLI ins and outs. Tomorrow we launch our rockets at Bonneville Salt Flats. Here are the official photos.

5/3/10 – FNL Report

Posted: 3rd May 2010 by gbrandt in First Nations Launch, Hot Rockets
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Here’s a HD slide show of the weekend’s events plus bonus material of meeting with Cmdr John Herrington, the first Native American astronaut!

4/24/10 Mansfield HPR Launch

Posted: 28th April 2010 by gbrandt in First Nations Launch, Hot Rockets
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Busy! Busy! We’ve been preparing for the First Nations Tribal launch this weekend, April 30 – May 2. We’ve been trying to raise money, trying to get our rockets built and trying to get a flight or two in just to see if the rockets work. We spent last weekend on a road trip to […]

NWIC Space Center Earns Gold!

Posted: 17th February 2010 by gbrandt in First Nations Launch, Hot Rockets
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February 12 was the due date for the First Nations Launch Preliminary Design Report. It was submitted with data gathered by the Space Center members. On Tuesday we learned that we scored an 88/100 which placed us in First Place among the seven competing Tribal Colleges. We may not know what we’re doing, but we […]

And Just When You Thought Christmas Was Over!

Posted: 11th January 2010 by gbrandt in Hot Rockets
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Here are the parts from the Ariel kit. We hope to begin construction within the next day or two. The mini camera is really little and works fine. Looking forward to launching it. I succeeded in making a parachute deployment system using a tomy timer for our water bottle rocket. It works just fine, on the ground. […]

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Dr Winglee, who teaches rocketry at UW said that he’s eager to come to NWIC to talk about rocketry (hot rockets) to interested students. Date it to be determined. Also, he may be available for our test launch of the Ariel prior to he and his class leaving for Nevada for a high altitude attempt […]