3-2-1, Lift Off! More Than 600 Students Send Specially Crafted Rockets to the Skies at NASA Student Launch Projects Challenge

Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — It was rockets ready, set, soar April 21 at the 2012-13 NASA Student Launch Projects challenge.

More than 600 students, representing 56 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities in 26 states, launched rockets of their own design — complete with working science or engineering payloads — at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala.

The students vied to see whose rocket could come closest to the 1-mile altitude goal and safely return its onboard science or engineering payload to Earth. Fifty-four teams took part, though six faced mechanical or technical issues and did not launch. Ten preliminary awards were presented. The grand prize — $5,000 from ATK Aerospace Group of Magna, Utah — will be awarded May 17 after final post-flight analysis and review are complete. This is the sixth year ATK has sponsored Student Launch Projects.

Read more:  http://www.nasa.gov/


Published on Apr 23, 2013

The launch of the STVM BAR in Huntsville, Alabama, as part of the NASA Student Launch Project.

rocket specs :
– 10 ft long, 5 1/4″ diameter, 26 lbs weight at takeoff.

-burning CTI k660 motor, apogee 4,200 ft, dual deployment.

-designed to inflate and deploy an rc airship remotely*




*due to electrical problems, the blimp was not flown at this launch, but will be flown in the near future.


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