Tribune/ John Byrne
Crew members Laura Atkins and Andrea Parks (blue sweater) to the left of the air ship along with the chief architect of the ship Raymond Marczkowski make final adjustment prior to launch Thursday morning at Truckee Meadows Community College. Helping to orchestrate the event is professor Dan Loranz to the far right.
Melissa McLin, who will be graduating this spring with her Associates degree, makes an adjustment to the aircraft prior to starting time trials Thursday morning at TMCC’s V. James Eardley Student Center.
Raymond and his crew were participating in the third annual Lighter than Air Vehicle Competition. The competition is made possible by the Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium. The team with the aircraft that logs the fastest speed during the time trials is awarded a TMCC scholarship for 2012 - 2013 academic year for each member of the team.