Cartago university students to launch rocket Friday

Students and staffers at Tecnológico de Costa Rica will blast a rocket into the sky Friday. The payload is a device to measure climate and various atmospheric conditions.

The blastoff is part of Campus Party, a technological event that is taking place on the Cartago campus and at the Centro de Eventos Pedregal.

Firms and hobbyists are taking part in the rocket project. Design and construction was by engineering students at the public university. AustriPoint UAV Technologies Int., Image XYZ, the Asociación Centroamericana de Aeronáutica y del Espacio and the Asociación de Radioaficionados de Costa Rica also are taking part.

The rocket will carry the payload to a desired altitude and then the measurement device will deploy with a balloon and then descend with a parachute, said the university.

The measurements will be transmitted via the Internet at and relayed by amateur radio transmission, it added.

Luis Diego Maroto, founder of Austri Point, is a graduate of the university program, the school said.

The Campus Party event is open to the public at the events center, and there is a wide range of technical devices and displays.

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