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Rocketry Club

The Team True Fire Rocketry Club is a premier high school research group for experimental rocket technologies. Nearly 20 high school and middle school students representing 8 local schools made up the inaugural 2022-23 team.  Led by Riverview High School graduate, Sebastian Grabowski and with help from talented mentors, the team designed, constructed, tested, and launched a sounding rocket in the summer of 2023. The interdisciplinary research project provides students with a real-world learning experience in physics, engineering, computer programming, chemistry, and mathematics, paving the way for exciting discoveries and hands-on education.

2023 Results

The Vanguard mission was the final showcase of the team's efforts for the 2022-2023 school year. The team traveled to the Spaceport Rocketry Association launch field on July 15, 2023, in pursuit of their goals. After much preparation and some bumps in the road, the Vanguard rocket took flight at 4:35 PM, successfully reaching an altitude of nearly 6,400 feet. Following its ascent, the rocket descended and landed around 4,000 feet away from the launchpad.

As the team continues to push the boundaries of experimental rocketry, the Vanguard mission serves as a testament to the resourcefulness and innovation of high school students.

Team True Fire Rocketry Club poses with rocket before launch

Click here to read the full Vanguard launch report!

Thank you to our generous 2022-23 sponsors!

ME3 Consulting Engineers

SRQ Magazine provided a grant to the Youth Rocketry Club through the SRQ MEDIA Gives Back Foundation

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"I believe that space exploration has the power to bring people together and to inspire us to achieve great things. The fact that this project is a pioneering effort for high school students makes it all the more meaningful to me. It shows that age is not a barrier to achieving great things and that with hard work and determination, anyone can make a difference in the world." - Sebastian Grabowski, Rocketry Club student founder


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