Spaceport America Cup rocketry competition weathers rain and mud

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES – After climbing through the driver’s side window of his minivan, with his shoes and socks soaked in mud, Noah Charleson-Sterritt peered across the surrounding ranchlands and assessed his options.

His mobile phone had no signal, meaning he couldn’t call or text his teammates who were waiting for him at Spaceport America, several miles away.

His team, consisting of about a dozen University of British Columbia students, was preparing to launch a rocket Thursday afternoon aiming for an apogee of 30,000 feet as part of its entry into the world’s largest intercollegiate rocketry competition, the Spaceport America Cup.

The team made the trip from Vancouver to Las Cruces, New Mexico in two automobiles. One of those vehicles was now mired deep in a deep puddle from the past day’s rains on an unpaved county road. Some distance down the road, calves found relief from the desert heat lying down in the mud.

Spaceport America Cup rocketry competition weathers rain and mud

“I didn’t think it was that deep,” he said. “I was focusing on getting back in time because we’re waiting for everyone to launch.”

Fortunately for Noah, a federal express driver has been arrested to drive up the road, and offered him a satellite phone. He was told a tow truck might take two hours to arrive; So instead, trusting the security of his minivan to the cows, he accepted a ride back to the spaceport where, he hoped, the staff might be able to pull him out of the mud.

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