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NASA Student Launch

It actually IS rocket science! Student Launch is a 9-month long challenge that tasks student teams from across the U.S. to design, build, test, and launch a high-powered rocket carrying a scientific or engineering payload. It is a hands-on, research-based, engineering activity and culminates each year with a final launch in Huntsville, Alabama home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The activity offers multiple challenges reaching a broad audience colleges and universities as well as middle and high school aged students across the nation.

About Student Launch about NASA Student Launch

Culminating Event Dates

April 30 – May 4, 2025

Culminating event location

Huntsville, AL


Open to U.S. Students

grade levels

Grades 6-12, College and University

Handbook and Timeline

2024-2025 Requirements and Timeline Will be Added Upon Availability

– University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) Division – college and university competitive division
– Student Launch Initiative (SLI) Division – grades 6-12 formal and informal institution division

View 2023-2024 Handbook
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Contact Us

Please direct questions and inquiries regarding registration, competition operations or logistics to the challenge organizers listed below.

John Eckhart
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Office of STEM Engagement
Mail Code CS60
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812

Members of the news media interested in attending the NASA Student Launch activities or interviewing participants before or during the event should contact Taylor Goodwin in the Marshall Center’s Public & Employee Communications Office.

Taylor Goodwin
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Public Affairs Office
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812
Phone: 256-544-0034

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