BOULDER, CO, December 2, 2018 - COBRA, CU's student rocketry association, successfully launched its Copperhead rocket to an altitude of 14,583 feet yesterday at 10:50 a.m. MST. The rocket, weighing in at 55.8 pounds, lifted off on a student-built N-class solid rocket motor and broke the sound barrier to reach Mach 1.3 (916 mph). The motor burned for 5 seconds and developed a peak thrust of approximately 600 pounds.
Hello and welcome to the CU Sounding Rocket Laboratory (SRL)!
We are a student-run organization dedicated to giving CU students advanced hands-on experience in the field of high-powered rocketry. SRL includes students in fields ranging from chemistry and physics to electrical and aeronautical engineering.
We compete in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) that is held annually at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Our challenge for IREC 2019 will be to build and launch a rocket to 30,000 ft on a student-built solid rocket motor.
We are also actively developing a rocket that is capable of hitting the Karman line (100km) in an attempt to become one of the first colleges ever to reach space. This task involves advanced solid rocket propulsion, composites, avionics and simulations.