For release: 04/23/02
Release #: 02-097
Dreams will soar Saturday when local student teams launch rockets
On Saturday, students from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama A&M University, and three Huntsville-area high schools will hold their breath as they countdown to launch the rockets they designed and built. The launch - which culminates more than a year's work - will demonstrate the student teams have met the challenge set by the Marshall Center's Student Launch Initiative: to apply science and math to experience, judgment and common sense.
Photo: Team members from Johnson High School in Huntsville, Ala., prepare to head to the launch pad with a rocket they designed and built. (NASA/MSFC)
What: Students from two local universities will take their rocket and science payload to the launch pad to determine if they've got the right stuff. The projected two-mile high launch part of NASA's Student Launch Initiative sponsored by Marshall Space Flight Center culminates more than a year of work.
Also on the launch pad will be rockets from three Huntsville area schools. Student teams will demonstrate to NASA officials that they have successfully built reusable launch vehicles (RLVs) another challenge set by NASA's Student Launch Initiative.
Who: Students from University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), Alabama A&M University, Johnson High, Randolph School and Sparkman High
When: Saturday, April 27; 10 a.m. to noon CDT; launches begin at 10:15.
Where: Army test site on Redstone Arsenal
Why: Marshall's Student Launch Initiative is an educational effort that aims to motivate students to pursue careers in science, math, engineering. It provides hands-on, practical aerospace experience.
To attend: Special arrangements will be made to allow news media access to the Army test range. Media interested in covering the event should contact Jerry Berg of the Marshall Media Relations Department at (256) 544-0034 no later than Friday, April 26. Escort from Redstone Arsenal Gate 10 on Patton Road is required. Vehicles are subject to security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance. Contact on the day of the event should be made by paging Berg at 1-800-946-4646, and entering the PIN 2494749.