HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – NASA To Announce This Year’s Student Launch Competition Winners At A Live Virtual Awards Ceremony Kicking Off 3:30 p.m. HC June 3. Media are invited to attend via Ustream or the Facebook student launch page.
Student launch, one of the Artemis student challenges, is an annual competition that typically culminates every April with a gathering of teams for a weekend of rocket launches and celebrations. This year, in an effort to comply with federal guidelines and help limit the spread of COVID-19, these events have been modified to take place locally on each team or virtually.
Student Launch challenges middle school, high school, college and university students around the world United States to design, build, test, and then fly and land a high powered amateur rocket at least 3,500 feet above the ground. Teams compete in college or college / high school divisions and are rated in nearly a dozen categories including altitude, safety, vehicle design, social media presence, and commitment to science, technology , engineering and mathematics.
This year, college-level teams were tasked with developing a payload of the planetary lander system to be deployed during in-flight recovery, which could land, self-level, assemble a 360o panoramic image of the landing site, and transmit the image to a remote ground station. Middle school / high school teams were tasked with developing a science experiment or engineering payload to suit their abilities and curriculum.
Marshall’s office of STEM engagement manages the student launch to drive innovation and advance NASA’s mission through collaboration with educational institutions and students – the next generation that will help NASA explore the Moon and travel even further to Mars.
For more information on NASA’s Artemis Student Challenges, visit: