KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, New Mexico — Students from the University of New Mexico’s Rocket Engineering Team built the world’s largest launched amateur rocket through an Educational Partnership Agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Directed Energy and Space Vehicles Directorate.
Under the agreement, students utilized Air Force facilities for building a similar version of the PGM-11 Redstone rocket for real world and predicted performance comparisons. The PGM-11 Redstone rocket was the first United States Army short-range ballistic missile used to carry a live nuclear warhead in West Germany during the Cold War.
UNM supplied the materials for constructing the rocket and the AFRL provided UNM temporary access to an Air Force facility with enough space to assemble the 48-foot tall rocket and launch tower. The rocket took more than six months to construct and weighed 260 pounds.
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