This year, LRA is very excited to be one of the selected teams to participate in the 2019 edition of the NASA Student Launch! In order to be selected to compete in Student Launch, LRA's team submitted a proposal outlying a proposed design, budget, and plan to the NASA competition coordinators. The process was selective with 45 university teams chosen to further compete.

What is the NASA Student Launch?

The NASA Student Launch is an annual competition heavily based in research and exploration that seeks to support the Space Launch System (SLS). It is an 8-month process in which groups of young rocketeers, from high school to university level, design, construct, and fly their own rockets along with a payload challenge. The mission for Student Launch 2019 is to launch a rocket to a designated altitude between 4,000 and 5,500 ft, land it safely, and deploy an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from within the airframe. Once the UAV has emerged from the airframe, it will fly to a target area and deploy a signaling beacon. The team will be scored on the rocket's accuracy toward its altitude prediction, and the design creativity, structure, and safety. There are three milestones in the project that precede launch day in Huntsville, AL. These milestones are design reviews in which the team submits a technical report followed by a teleconference with NASA engineers to present the report and receive feedback on the design progress. There is a $5,000 cash prize for victors. However, the real joy in participating in this competition is relevant experience with engineers who stand where many of our team members aspire to be.

Visit this page for more information about the Student Launch.