U of A students blast off in Norway
Data collection was a priority for the crew of postsecondary students assigned
to repurpose an ex-military rocket with sensor} equipment for the program
CUP Alberta and Northern Bureau Chief
Two University of Alberta students had
the opportunity to build and launch a
rocket at the Andoya Rocket Range in
Norway last week.
The course is a pilot project put
on by the University oi Oslo, and
the Institute for Space, Science,
Exploration, and Technology.
About 20 students attended the
program, including four Canadian
undergraduates: one from the U of A.
one from the University of Calgary,
and two from the University of
Saskatchewan. The other students that
attended were from the U of O and
the University of Tromso in Norway.
James Huber, a third-year under¬
graduate in mechanical engineer¬
ing, was selected to fill the U of A s
spot. David Miles, a master’s student
in space physics, was invited to go
on the trip in order to lest Iris thesis
project, a miniature magnetic field
The rocket itself was actually a re¬
purposed military missile given to
Andoya to use for educational pur¬
poses The students were split into
groups and each group was respon¬
sible for a specific aspect of the rocket,
such as instruments, telemetry, and
the rocket itseif.
Throughout the week, the students
attended lectures and built instru¬
ments before actually launching it on
the second-last day.
“It was really interesting because
they handled it like a professional,
scientific rocket launch even though
this is just a small, educational rocket.
I think our countdown was an hour
and we ran through a whole bunch of
checks during that hour." Huber said.
The launch ran fairly smoothly,
with only one hold in the countdown:
some expensive ranging equipment
failed to work, and the students had
to gather their data using an older
’’There's a big paper wheel, a scroll¬
ing thing of paper with a pen going up
and down. And if everything else goes
wrong, you at least have this pen going
up and down to tell you how far away
the rocket is at any particular time.”
Miles said. " [Researchers] understand
that equipment crashes, things break
and you have to launch anyways."
Collecting data is the biggest part
of a rocket launch, and Miles said that
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I WANT MY GRANDPA!
Just after 4 a m on November 14, a
resident of Newton Place reported That
a non-affiliated female followed her
into the building wanting to visit her
grandfather. CSS attended and Jpon
searching the building located three
street youth sleeping at the top of a
One of the youth was placed under
arrest for trespassing and later released
with a summons. Another was found to
have a knife in his possession and was
subsequently trespassed. The group
was escorted off of University property.
A SINISTER CALLING CARD
On the morning of November 14,
Edmonton Police notified CSS that they
FIRE YOUR ENGINES Huber stands near the modified military rocket in Norway.
learning how data is collected is nor
something that Canadian students can
"We have a very strong theoretical
working group here, but in terms of
getting instruction on how you would
actually go and get this data, it’s not
something that we are particularly
strong in right now,” Miles said.
Huber said that for him. seeing
where the data actually comes from
makes the field of space exploration
"It really made it concrete to actu¬
ally be there, being taught by an actual
rocket scientist, so it's encouraging. It
shows it's something that just a regular
guy like myself can get into.” Huber
Miles stated that the opportunity for
students to get experience outside of
had received a call from a resident of
Lister Centre who apparently had an
unknown male break into his room
CSS attended and spoke with the
resident The suspect apparently
entered the suite, which was unlocked,
and placed a wet paper towel on the
bed before leaving. CSS conducted a
search of the building but the suspect
was not located.
booze rr, lose rr
Around 10 p.m. on November 14, CSS
officers stopped a vehicle for driving with¬
out taillights on 114 Street and University
Avenue. The driver was displaying signs
of impairment and was placed .jnder
arrest for impared driving.
Edmonton Police attended and
arrested the dnver for impaired driving.
His vehicle was towed.
AT LEAST HE'S HONEST!
At about 1 a.m. on November 15, a non-
affiliated male approached a University
Watch member and said he would be
sleeping in HU3 for the night as it was
the classroom is something that they
should take advantage of.
"Science is supposed to Ite bringing
people together, and all of the sudden
we’re actually achieving that. This is
part of a whole construct for trying
to manufacture opportunities for stu¬
dents to get involved so that, by the
time you finish your university career,
you’re ready to do this for real." Miles
Melanie Faulkner of ISSET said tliat
the program is something they're
hoping to expand on in future years
after the success of this trip.
"We were so excited for them to
go and we're so excited for things like
this in the future This is the type of
thing that 1SSFT wants to do more of,
so CaNoRock was a really big thing
too cold outside.
CSS members attended and identi¬
fied the male Officers explained that
the University was private property
and directed the male off campus via
LESS THAN INGENUOUS
Around 6 a.m. on November 15, a non-
affiliated male and female were found
sleeping in SUB. Both were identified
and the female was issued a trespass
notice as she had provided a false
name. They were directed off campus
GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT
On November 16. a non-affiliated male
and female entered an office in the
Students’ Union building and began
accusing a University staff member of
causing damage to their vehicle in an
CSS attended and identified both
the individuals They were directed
to report any sort of hit-and-run to
the Edmonton 3 olice and escorted off
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