KARO Completes First Rocket Launch


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Members of the Kettering Aerospace & Rocketry Organization (KARO) completed their first rocket launch event May 15 at Alkay Airport with local rocketry association, Michigan Team-1.

Six rockets were successfully launched up to 1,300 feet during the event. Only one rocket was lost upon its descent, said Cecilia Linck (’22, ME), group founder and president.

“Overall, it was good,” she said.

Linck started the group in Fall 2019 as a way to help students interested in aerospace skills and networking opportunities.

“Personally, I want to go into aerospace after graduation, and I thought it would be nice to start something that would give myself and future students a way to explore their aerospace interests,” she said.

She hopes the team can compete in high-powered rocket competitions in the future.

Team members constructed the rockets from kits on May 12.

“It was very rudimentary, but everyone has to start somewhere,” Linck said, “so it gives people a place to start.”

At this point, the group typically meets once a month virtually. Anyone interested in joining KARO can contact Linck at linc2862@kettering.edu. Follow the group on Instagram @karo_b_section.