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Young Rocketeers Reach for Space

They may be the first students to launch a rocket into space

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Young Rocketeers Reach for Space
Photo: USC Rocket Propulsion Laboratory

In September 2013, after two years of development, and a 10- to 12-hour drive from Los Angeles to Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, some 50 members of the University of Southern California Rocket Propulsion Laboratory (RPL) launched Traveler, their 4-meter tall, 136-kilogram rocket, and held their breaths.

It blew up after 3.5 seconds.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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