Competing against 58 teams from 13 nations, the Tarleton Aeronautical Team won fifth place in the annual international CanSat competition sponsored by the American Astronautical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Tarleton was the only Texas team in the student design competition, held in Burkett, near Abilene. When student teams arrive, they are provided a rocket in which to insert their can. The intent is to provide a hands-on learning engineering and electronics experience in designing the payload for the rocket, applying classroom information to real-life practice.

Although adverse weather conditions prevented the rocket from reaching the needed height of 500 meters for the satellite to separate from the rocket, the Tarleton team “analyzed the telemetry data and were able to show that their CanSat aborted separation by design,” said faculty adviser Dr. Bo Brawner, associate professor of mathematics. “As always, it came down to great documentation.”

The Tarleton team consisted of: Dustin Neighbors, Steve Merwin, Randy Humphrey, Todd Byers and Cody Zipp.

Brawner expressed appreciation for the university’s “tremendous support of undergraduate research and applied learning experiences. It was a tremendous experience for our students.”