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28 August 1998

Vol. II, No. 4

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In early 1997 five BU undergraduates received a $35,000 grant through NASA's Student Launch Program to design experiments that could be sent up in a rocket. Bringing the Student-Run Program for Exoatmospheric Collecting Technologies and Rocket Experimentation (SPECTRE) to fruition has become the task of engineering majors in the senior design project independent study course. To date, more than 30 students have been involved in creating SPECTRE. Several recent contributors to the project gathered in the Photonics Center on August 3 to demonstrate for adviser Michael Ruane, ENG associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, progress made on their components. From left are Ed Selvaraj (ENG'98), Ruane, Ushir Shah (ENG'98), Randy James (ENG'98), and Travis McDonald (ENG'98). Launch of the rocket, which will be a 1950s-vintage antiaircraft missile modified to accommodate the experimental payload, is tentatively scheduled for November from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky