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Fourteen years after its establishment, the USC Rocket Propulsion Laboratory has achieved its founding goal: to become the first all-student-run rocket team to pass the Kármán line, the official boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space. USC RPL’s Traveler IV rocket reached an altitude of 339,800 feet, breaking the team’s own world record (set in September 2018 when they reached 144,000 feet), and bolstering their status as the #1 ranked all-student-run rocket team in the world.



Michael Cox

Michael was born and raised in a small island town off the coast of Seattle. He went to USC, but he’s still a Pacfic Northwesterner at heart—he loves hiking, reading, and watching the Seattle sports teams disappoint him. At Viterbi, Michael counsels high school and transfer students in the application process.

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