Rocket Club Makes the Cut
NASA’s elite group of Rocketeers for the 2019 competition have been selected and Kent State University’s Rocket Club made the cut. The challenge will take place near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, April 4-6, 2019. The competition features 52 middle school, high school and college teams from 21 states.
“There were many good proposals this year, and the teams’ approaches to the new challenges were quite original and creative,” says Katie Wallace, the Student Launch program manager. “We are excited to see the proposal designs evolve into hardware that may lay the groundwork for NASA scientific or engineering payloads on future exploration missions with NASA’s Space Launch System rocket.”
This year’s teams are challenged to “call their shot” and predict before launch day how high their rocket will fly. To earn altitude award points, the rockets must fly at least 3,500 feet, but not more than 6,000 feet.
College teams must select one of two payload options: a deployable rover with a robotic arm to perform a soil sample collection or a deployable unmanned aerial vehicle that flies to a designated target after the rocket completes its flight. Both the rover and the unmanned aerial vehicle must remain stowed in the rocket until it lands following its flight.
Student Launch challenges teams design, build, test and fly a reusable, high-powered rocket carrying a payload that meets the guidelines outlined in the handbook. Teams were chosen by a team of NASA experts based on descriptions of their rocket, its recovery system, payload, safety and educational engagement plans.
The teams will go through an eight-month design, build, test and review process that requires them to meet multiple design and documentation milestones. At each of those milestones, they will present their work to a NASA team of rocketry experts who will help ensure the teams are making proper progress. The system resembles the real-world process of rocket development.
To learn more about NASA’s Student Launch challenge, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education/studentlaunch