The Jim Furfaro Award for Technical Excellence recognizes a team which demonstrates exceptional engineering discipline and technical skill through their analyses and conclusions, project or program planning and execution, operational procedure, manufacturing processes, iterative improvement, systems engineering methodology, and robust design. Our team was presented with this award after our successful launch and recovery of Vidar III at the 2017 IREC, based on our iterative design on the Vidar system over the previous four years.
The Category First Place Awards recognize the teams with the highest overall scores in each of the six competition categories. Teams are scored on the project technical report, competency of design, quality of construction, degree of SRAD, flight performance, and operating procedures. Our team received this award for finishing first in our category at the 2017 IREC.