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Maharishi Upper School Rocketry Team Places Fourth in National Competition

The Maharishi School rocketry team finished fourth in the nation in this year’s Team America Rocketry Challenge, sponsored by Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and others. 829 teams entered the competition this year.  The Maharishi Upper School Rocketry Team won fourth place at this year's Team America Rocketry Challenge.  Maharishi School is a private college preparatory day and boarding school in Fairfield, Iowa.  We are one of the best boarding school choices for families in the Midwest, but also have students from around the world!

Their task? Design, build and launch a rocket to go exactly 775 feet and land in 41-43 seconds…with a payload of a raw egg still intact.

Earlier this spring Bridgit Bianco, Miles Falk, Wayne Li, and Karthik Vempati's two qualifying flight scores earned them an opportunity to enter the national finals with the top 101 teams last week in The Plains, VA. After a Congressional Reception May 12th, meeting a former astronaut, and sightseeing in Washington DC the team got down to work.  The morning launch on Saturday, May 13th would determine whether they made the cut of 24 finalists for the afternoon launches.

The Maharishi School rocket came within 12 feet of the target height and their landing time was almost perfect. They were on to the final 24 fly-off round!

Despite choosing to delay their second launch three times, when they finally ignited their rocket, it responded with an even better score than their first launch and was third best out of 24.

The combine scores for both flights earned the team fourth Place overall and $10,000 in college scholarships, $1000 for the school, and invitations to the 2017-2018 NASA Student Launch at Huntsville, Alabama, where the competition target is 5280 feet with a scientific payload!

Congratulations to the team, and to their coach Rick Rudloff;  We are so proud of you!

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