Students Send 39 Rockets Into Sunny Alabama Skies During Tenth Annual NASA Student Rocketry Challenge
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Though gusting winds delayed the countdown for a day, young rocketeers from all over America gathered undaunted in a sunny North Alabama cornfield April 17 to launch 39 rockets they designed and built themselves during this school year.
The 2010-11 NASA Student Launch Projects rocketry challenge drew more than 500 students from middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities in 23 states. They vied to see whose rocket could come closest to the 1-mile altitude goal and safely return its onboard science payload to Earth. Forty-four teams took part, though five faced mechanical or technical issues and did not launch. Ten preliminary awards were presented, and the grand prize -- $5,000 from ATK Aerospace Systems in Salt Lake City, Utah -- will be awarded in May after final post-flight analysis and review are complete.
This year's preliminary awards, sponsored by ATK, included: