At Olean High School, Saad Mirza started an aerospace club, leading a team of 40 students every year. They built and launched high altitude balloon payloads to 120,000 feet, as well as rockets. After graduation Saad was accepted into Princeton where he became the project manager of a project called “SpaceShot”.
During the past school year they launched rockets into outer space and they didn’t just launch, they shattered records:
- First student-built rocket to reach the Karman Line, the internationally recognized boundary of outer space (100 km, 62 miles, altitude)
- Smallest rocket by vehicle mass to ever reach outer space (Previous recordholder: Super Loki Robin Dart)
- Rocket with least propellant mass to ever reach outer space (Previous recordholder: Super Loki Robin Dart)
- Cheapest rocket to ever reach outer space (adjusted for inflation)
- Fastest speed ever achieved at Spaceport America
- Highest altitude ever achieved at Spaceport America
Way to go, Saad!
Here is the original post at Princeton, where you can read more about it: