Student Launch challenges student teams to design, build and fly a high-powered rocket containing a science or engineering payload. Teams complete a series of design reviews that mirror the NASA engineering design life cycle. Teams must successfully complete a Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, Flight Readiness Review and Launch Readiness Review, which include safety briefings, analyses of vehicle and payload systems and flight test data.
Request for Proposal released: Aug. 18
Proposal deadline: Sept. 20
Selections Announced: Oct. 5
Preliminary Design Reviews: Nov. 2021
Critical Design Reviews: Jan. 2022
Flight Readiness Reviews: Mar. 2022
Event Week: Apr. 20-24, 2022
Winners Announced: May/June 2022
*Subject to Change
Two options in 2021-2022 — NASA Launch Complex (with NASA in Huntsville, Alabama) or a commercial spaceport launch site (i.e. a local launch field).
- Open to teams from U.S. colleges and universities, high schools and middle schools. Note: High school and middle school teams must first qualify by placing in the top 25 of The American Rocketry Challenge or the top 3 of the Rockets For Schools Class II competition. A high school and middle school educator or mentor from each qualified team must participate in the summer Advanced Rocketry Workshop.
- Open to U.S. citizens and international students. *Any foreign national team members must be identified by the PDR and may or may not have access to certain activities during launch week due to security restrictions.
- Requires an adult mentor as a team member throughout the project.
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