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Pathfinder Rocket
Launched At
NASA Wallops Flight Range

Rocket Designed and Built By University of Cincinnati
Casper College & Natrona County School District Students

Pathfinder Home Page

Motor Static Test
Video/Photos

Progress Report

Casper Students On Project

Photographs From The Launch

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Pathfinder Igniter Has Just Fired Sending Multiple Ignition Sources
Down The Motor Bore To Ignite The Propellant

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Pathfinder Rocket Starts To Lift-Off

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Pathfinder Rocket Clearing The Launch Rail

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Pathfinder Rocket In Flight

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Some Of The Casper College/NCSD Team With NASA Ground Safety Engineer After Successful Launch
(left to right) - Andrew Temme, John Wickman, Don Grant (NASA), J.P. Krauss and David Stamp


Preparing Pathfinder & Launch


NASA Launch Log

    NASA Log Of Pathfinder Launch As Posted On Their Site
  • 1:30 p.m., EDT, Friday, July 16 - The launch of the University of Cincinnati/Casper College Pathfinder rocket is on schedule for Saturday, July 17. The launch window is 5:45 to 8 a.m. The countdown begins at 3:15 a.m. Launch updates on this site will begin at 4 a.m. If you are in the Wallops area, launch commentary can be heard on 760 AM. Also, launch updates before the start of the countdown are available on the Wallops Launch Status Line at 757-824-2050.
  • 4:05 a.m. EDT, Saturday, July 17 - The countdown is at T-1 hour and 40 minutes to the opening of the launch window for the launch of the Univ. of Cincinnati/Casper College pathfinder rocket. The launch window runs 5:45 to 8 a.m.
  • 4:30 a.m., July 17 - The weather is looking good for the launch this morning. On Wallops Island the winds are around 5 mph out of the southeast. The temperature is at 70 degrees. Clear skies. The purpose of the Pathfinder project is to give students hands-on experience in every aspect of engineering and launching a sounding rocket. The Pathfinder rocket is 19 feet long and 8 inches in diameter. Students from the University of Cincinnati designed and built the payload. Students from Casper College and Natrona County School District worked with Wickman Propulsion and Space, all in Wyoming, in the design and fabrication of the motor. NASA is providing design consultation, launch range and safety support for the project.
  • 5 a.m., July 17 - We are now T-45 minutes and counting on the launch this morning. The Pathfinder rocket is predicted to fly to about 30,000 feet altitude, which it should reach about 47 seconds after ignition. The rocket motor achieves burnout at 9 seconds after ignition. At this point the rocket is predicted to be at 9,800 feet.
  • 5:15 a.m. - The count is now T-30 minutes to the opening of today's launch window.
  • 5:50 a.m. - T-10 minutes and holding. We have been holding because of a boat in the impact area. The range has contacted the boat and is now moving to the north out of the impact area. The launch team is on the pad making final preparations for launch.
  • 6 a.m. - T-10 minutes and holding. The range continues to monitor the boat situation. The boat is moving. The launcher is now being raised.
  • 6:04 a.m. - The range is going to continue the count to the T-1 minute mark. The clock will be held at that point.
  • 6:09 a.m. - Approval has been given for the crew to install the igniter on the rocket. We are at T-5 minutes and counting.
  • 6:14 a.m. - T-1 minute and holding.
  • 6:20 a.m. - T -1 minute and holding. There is still one boat in the impact area.
  • 6:30 a.m. - The range continues to hold at T-1 minute. The launch window today closes at 8 a.m. Installation of the igniter has been completed. The pad is clear and ready for launch.
  • 7 a.m. - The range continues at T-1 minute and holding for today's launch. There is still one boat in the impact area. The range reports they expect it to be out of the impact area in about 10 minutes.
  • 7:05 a.m. - T-1 minute and holding. Range is expected to be clear in about 5 minutes. The preliminary launcher settings have been established.
  • 7:10 a.m. - T-1 minute and holding. Clear range expected in about 3 minutes
  • 7:14 a.m. - Impact area is now reported clear of boats. Final launcher settings have been established. Expect to pick up the count soon.
  • 7:16 a.m. - T-1 minute and counting
  • The rocket ignition sequence was initiated at 7:17 a.m. Launch occurred 2 seconds later. Preliminary apogee report shows the rocket reached 15,548 feet. The rocket impacted in the Atlantic Ocean as planned.
  • Student launch Posted by RCC on 2004-07-17 07:24:56 7:25 a.m.