NASA Student Launch
What is NASA Student Launch?
Student Launch Team, Troop 17 (SLT17) is the only middle school team in the US invited to participate in NASA’s 2018-19 Student Launch Initiative, a premier college-level STEM challenge conducted by NASA’s Marshall Spaceflight Center. The team works alongside NASA engineers using NASA’s rigorous process for launch vehicle design and flight operations to develop and fly a high-powered rocket carrying a science payload of the team’s design to an altitude of one mile above ground level. This hands-on experience will give team members unparalleled experience with real-world engineering development and program management processes they can use as they prepare for college and for their post-collegiate careers.
The program includes a mandatory STEM education element, which requires team members to educate at least 200 youth about the program, their rocket development, their scientific experiment, and the science of rocketry. SLT17 is focusing on Charlottesville-Albemarle area community organizations, schools, and Scouting units. Through this program, SLT17 members learn not how to do real-world engineering, but also how to communicate, educate, and present their results before an audience.
Where Can I Find Out More about the Troop 17 Team?
The SLT17 website is where the important documents for our project will be available – proposal, Preliminary Design Review (PDR), Critical Design Review (CDR), Flight Readiness Review (FRR) and post-flight data analysis.
For the most up to date activities and pictures of the team:
How Can I Support the Team?
The team must raise $15,000 to fund materials to build two rockets, motors, our education program, and travel to Huntsville, AL for Flight Week in early April 2019, when we test our rocket against 59 other teams from all across the US. Please visit our Go Fund Me page to make a donation. Donors of $250 or more will have their name or company logo on our rocket, website, and team tee-shirts! Your donation may be tax-deductible.