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NASA Student Launch

Student Launch Team, Troop 17 (SLT17) is one of only 20 middle and high school teams in the US invited to participate in NASA’s Student Launch Initiative, a premier college-level STEM challenge conducted by NASA’s Marshall Spaceflight Center. The team works alongside NASA engineers using NASA’s rigorous process for launch vehicle design and flight operations to develop and fly a high-powered rocket carrying a science payload of the team’s design to an altitude of one mile above ground level. This hands-on experience will give team members unparalleled experience with real-world engineering development and program management processes they can use as they prepare for college and for their post-collegiate careers.

The program includes a mandatory STEM education element, which requires team members to educate at least 200 youth about the program, their rocket development, their scientific experiment, and the science of rocketry. SLT17 is focusing on Charlottesville-Albemarle area community organizations, schools, and Scouting units.  Through this program, SLT17 members learn not how to do real-world engineering, but also how to communicate, educate, and present their results before an audience.

Full-scale payload test launch on Saturday was successful, but needs some tweaks. We will get those done and paint it. We worked on this Wednesday and will work on this next Wednesday for the final launch next Saturday.

Picture of us building the full-scale rocket that we launched last weekend. It is about 7 feet tall and went about 5,500 feet up when we launched it. #NASA #nasastudentlaunch

Flew our full-scale rocket test flight last weekend! It went great, the rocket going 5,500 feet up and everything deploying successfully. Next up is the payload test flight which will happen March 12 or 26, so expect to hear from us soon! #NASA #nasastudentlaunch

Our Critical Design Review on the 11th was very successful! We got great advice, and are excited to start making changes. Here is a picture of the plan for our rocket (before the presentation):

We have been keeping on schedule through the storm, and are ready for the Critical Design Review on the 11th. Here is some data from our subscale launch:

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