John Culverhouse

John Culverhouse is an aerospace engineering major at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. I just completed my second year there and will be entering my third year as a junior in the fall. I have been working on rockets through the rocket club on campus called ERFSEDS or Embry Riddle Future Space Explorers and Developers Society. I am now currently the treasure for the club. The club itself designs and builds high power rockets not only as a hobby but to learn everything we can from them. We have worked on several rockets including the Pathfinder rocket. We have competed in a hybrid competition the past several years, with great success. We are currently in the design work of several major rockets that hopefully will be able to fly at next years IREC. The first is a rocket called Artemis, which I have worked on this past year and will continue to work on next year. We are also working on the next pathfinder III, which could launch again at IREC. There is also been talk of reviving one of our past attempts at a rocket called Vortex. I will be working again on both of these projects. In the past year the club has been working to design and manufacture an all composite motor casing as well as making our own rocket propellant. I am currently working on the propellant side of things. As for Pathfinder II that launched in the IREC competition, I worked on several aspects of the rocket, but most of my work was with the recovery system. As a club an individual we continue to learn from our success and failures and will continue designing, building, and flying high power rockets.

Broadcast 1386 (Special Edition)

Guests: Dr. Paul Mueller, John Culverhouse. Topics: Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) 2010 competition, student rocket clubs and launches. We welcomed back Dr. Paul Mueller, Chief Engineer for ESRA to update us on this year's college student competition for ESRA. John Culverhouse of the winning team from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (E-R) joined us to talk about his team's entry and rocket clubs in general. For more information, please visit the ESRA website at In our first segment, Dr.

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