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2015 NASA Student Launch Event Details

The NASA Student Launch, or SL, is a research-based, competitive, experiential exploration activity. SL has partnered with the Centennial Challenges to provide relevant, cost-effective research and development of rocket propulsion systems. This year’s project offers multiple challenges reaching a broad audience of middle and high schools, colleges and universities, and non-academic teams across the nation. Participation involves an eight-month commitment to design, construct, and fly payloads and vehicle components and/or to design, construct, and operate ground support equipment. The teams launch the experiments on high-powered rockets and share the research results, which will be used in future design and development of NASA projects. 

The 2015 launch event will take place April 10-11, 2015, at Bragg Farms in Toney, Alabama.  Teams competing in the Maxi-MAV (Mars Ascent Vehicle) competition will launch their rockets on Friday, April 10, while teams competing in the Mini-MAV competition as well as high school and middle school teams will launch on Saturday, April 11.  The rain date for both launches will be Sunday, April 12.  The Maxi- and Mini-MAV competitions involve robotically capturing simulated Mars soil samples, loading the samples into a rocket, launching the high-powered rocket to 3,000 feet, and ejecting and returning the soil sample to Earth.  The high school and middle school teams design unique scientific or engineering payloads that are flown in high-powered rockets to 1 mile (5,280 feet).  

The NASA Student Launch event is open to the public. For more information including driving directions, please see the 2015 Student Launch Brochure.

For launch status updates or additional information, please call the Launch Day Information Line:  256-961-1334.

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August 2015 (Tentative)

2016 NASA Student Launch Request For Proposal released to potential participants and due date announced.

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