ASI funds students’ rocket for flight

The Associated Students Inc. Board of Control granted funds to a student organization planning to make one small step for its club, one giant leap for Cal State Long Beach.

The Experiment Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA), a student organization that won first place in 2009 for its 10,000-foot rocket, is now looking to enter a second competition at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition.

ESRA is designing its second rocket — one that will be able to launch 25,000 feet.

The only university that has attempted such a rocket was UCLA in 2010. The rocket failed to get off the launch pad.

If ESRA succeeds in June, it would be the first university to do so.

The Board of Control granted $2,000 to ESRA Tuesday.

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