JOINT MODEL ROCKETRY SCHOOL
Monday, April 8, 2019

By Capt Elias Roman, Puerto Rico Wing

Carolina, Puerto Rico -

Cadets from Muñiz ANG Base Cadet Sq. (PR-126), Lt Col Elsa M. Soto-Torres Cadet Sq. (PR-094), and Kingdom Cadet Sq. (PR-801) completed the Model Rocketry program during a two-day activity on April 6-7, 2019 at Muñiz ANG Base, Carolina, Puerto Rico.

CAP's Model Rocketry program is an achievement program for cadets interested in the science, technology, and flight of model rockets. It builds on the foundation of Aerospace Dimensions Module 4: Rockets, and introduces cadets to the hobby and science of model rocketry. The program begins with simple alternative-power models and progressively challenges cadets to construct more advanced models in three stages.

The CAP's Model Rocketry program consists of three stages:

The Redstone Stage reviews the history of rocketry and its great pioneers, to include Robert Goddard and Werhner Von Braun.

The Titan Stage details the physical laws which govern objects on the Earth, in the air and in space above us.

The Saturn Stage presents information on trigonometry for altitude tracking, and physics of impulse and thrust associated with solid propellant motors typically used in model rocketry.

Cadets completed the written part as a pre-requirement before the two-day activity, and performance requirements for each of the 3 stages during the weekend.

Cadet Instructors were: C/MSgt Andrés Burgos, C/Col Angelymar Sánchez, C/TSgt Christian Ramos, C/MSgt Alondra Sánchez, C/MSgt Luiz Torres, C/SrA Christopher Rodriguez, C/CMSgt Joharis Martínez, C/CMSgt Xavier Álvarez, and C/CMSgt Abimeleck Ruiz. The cadet staff for the activity worked as a team under the supervision of Lt Col Ivelisse Peña, PR-126 Commander; Lt Col Rafael Martínez, PR-094 Deputy Commander; and Capt Elias Roman, PR-801 Commander.

Finally, on Sunday morning, cadets were able to launch their Alpha III Rockets. At the end, cadets were certified by their respective unit commander, and awarded the Cadet Model Rocketry Badge and Patch with a total attendance of 77 cadets and 3 senior members.

Cadets from Muniz ANG Base, Lt Col Elsa M. Soto-Torres, and Kingdom Cadet Squadrons pose for the graduation photo.
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Photo Caption:  Cadets from Muniz ANG Base, Lt Col Elsa M. Soto-Torres, and Kingdom Cadet Squadrons pose for the graduation photo.
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Reviewed by: Capt Elias Roman-Rivera
Syndicated to: Region Hq, Puerto Rico Wing
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