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Bezos’ launch into space inspires La. Tech Aerospace Engineering Club

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 12:22 PM CDT
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RUSTON, La. (KNOE) - Jeff Bezos launched into space Tuesday, July 20 inspired people across the country, even Louisiana Tech’s Aerospace Engineering Club.

The club known as Aero is focusing on building and racing drones and trying to get into national competitions.

In early June, a few club members were able to travel to Lake Charles for the Chennault International Airshow. They volunteered and taught kids about STEM education and careers and aerospace engineering. They also learned how to fund club projects.

In the past, they say they’ve launched weather balloons with payloads and flown drones.

“The initial goal of the Aerospace Club at Tech is to get an aerospace engineering major at Tech because as far as I recall, there’s not actually an aerospace engineering major anywhere in Louisiana. There are little things here and there, but not a full program. So we’d love to get that at Tech. I feel like Tech could definitely support it. It would benefit many people who are in the club and who are in the club for the same reason,” club social media coordinator Chris Perry said.

The club is planning to establish drone racing with teams focused on designing, building, and flying them. Their goal is to compete in events this fall.

They say the Bezos’ flight is exciting because they think it’s a big leap forward in our ability of transportation. The Blue Origin flight held the youngest and oldest person to ever fly in space.

The club hopes the flight will bring more attention to the aerospace field. Their goal is to add an aerospace engineering major at the university.

They say the flight opens up a conversation about space flight becoming normalized.

“The biggest cost with rocketry is the actual parts and their solution to that, companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin, are reusable parts. That’s why we saw that booster that carried up the crew capsule. We saw that booster reland so that booster has already been reused twice, and it can be used again. If you don’t have to pay for those parts every time, which are the most expensive part, then it can become much, much more affordable,” Perry said.

Club members hope to teach more young people about the importance of STEM education and careers.

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