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Spaceport America welcomed the University of Southern California’s (USC’s) Rocket Propulsion Lab (RPL) team on Saturday April 30, 2016 as they launched Fathom, a rocket designed and made entirely by students.

The USC RPL is a student group in the Department of Astronautical Engineering within USC Viterbi School of Engineering. The group was founded in 2004. Student members from across USC who participate learn the basics of mechanical fabrication, machining and welding, and navigation and control. Many RPL students intern and work for companies such as Blue Origin, SpaceX and Northrop Grumman.

“The Rocket Propulsion Group at USC is a remarkable team of Viterbi undergrads from many engineering disciplines who innovate every year in rocket launching technology. I am extremely proud of them.”
– Dean Yannis C. Yortsos, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

The launch was streamed live via the Spaceport America Periscope channel with 430 viewers from around the world. The launch itself was successful, however, the USC rocket did not reach the intended altitude.

“We would like to congratulate the USC RPL students on their impressive rocket program and we look forward to welcoming them back to fly with us again next year.”
– Christine Anderson, CEO Spaceport America

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Christine Anderson
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