For Union rocketeers, one giant leap

Union’s rocket team at the Spaceport America Cup, from left, Prof. Andrew Rapoff, Christopher Marina ’18, Owen Gauthier ’18, Matthew Reinhardt ’18 and Andrew Attori ’18.

Union’s rocket team successfully launched and landed their entry in the College’s first participation in the Spaceport America Cup, an intercollegiate engineering competition near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico in late June.

In the process, they earned an honorable mention for “Full Cycle Professionalism.”

“None of the judges I spoke with ever heard of a team competing and being successful in their first year,” said Andrew Rapoff, team advisor and Thomas J. Watson Sr. & Emma Watson Day Distinguished Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering.

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