Cadet Independent Rocket Research TeamCDT Anthony Haynes (’23, G4, Environmental Science) and CDT Michele Szegda (’23, B2, Nuclear Engineering) are part of an independent research team dedicated to the design, manufacture, and optimization of boron potassium nitrate (BKNO3) pyrotechnic ignitor pellets for use in a cadet-designed two-stage solid fuel rocket. Their research contributed to the launch of two rockets this past weekend as part of the Space Engineering and Research (SPEAR) team’s efforts in New Mexico. Anthony and Michele’s BKNO3 pellets were successful in igniting the primary and secondary stages of the second launch where the rocket reached an estimated speed in excess of Mach 4.3.

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