Project Highlight

CC of CO Sounding Rocket Mission


Students from Red Rocks Community College, Community College of Aurora, and Arapahoe Community College work together to develop and launch a sounding rocket payload from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility every two years.

Student Highlight

Caleb Christenson

Caleb Christenson is a first year student at Arapahoe Community College.  He is currently the team lead on a high altitude scientific balloon payload project - helping design and build a muon detector.  He is also part of the ACC team building an autonomous robot for the Colorado Robotics Challenge in April 2019.  He plans to transfer to University of Colorado to study aerospace engineering.   

Temple University


From Left to Right: Joe Stoney, Dave Mino, Brittney Burchett, Craig Miller

Team Presentations and Final Report

Mission: To collect samples of the troposphere, stratosphere and stratopause during the flight of the sounding rocket in order to have them analyzed for greenhouse gases; to measure and record the level of ultraviolet light present in each layer of the atmosphere using a spectrometer.

Team Bios:

Joe Stoney is an 8 year veteran of the United States Navy where he served as an electronics technician. In coming to Temple University he has decided to travel a new avenue in the mechanical engineering department and enjoy it immensely. He enjoys spending time with my friends and family and has recently picked up the game of golf after 3 years away from it. Over the summer he has grown interested in the engineering design of the game of golf and has been researching potential opportunities in the field after graduation. As he progresses into his graduate studies as well as contacting many major golf equipment manufacturing companies for opportunities for thesis research in the areas of club design or material science for ball design. He has found passion in this game and in mechanical engineering as a whole and looks forward to being able to apply his skills in industry.

Craig is a senior in the Mechanical Engineering program at Temple University. He enjoys exploring physics, as it offers both an analytic and artistic understanding of the world around us. In addition to accurately modeling natural phenomena, he believes physics is key in advancing current technologies to previously unreachable heights. Craig finds fluid dynamics and alternative energy generation to be particularly interesting topics. .

Brittney Burchett is a Bio-Electrical engineering major at Temple University who also works full time as a software developer. She is the vice president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, running and watching movies.

Dave Mino is a senior electrical engineering student at Temple University.  He enjoys studying power engineering, and has worked at Philadelphia Electrical Company (PECO) over the summer as an engineering and design intern.  He is completing his second bachelor’s degree, the first being a bachelor’s in business administration from Drexel University.  His career interests are renewable energy systems, smart grid technology and energy distribution.  He is the president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and outside of school, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, rock climbing as well as playing guitar.

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