ETA students excel at NASA SLI competition

Student Launch is a research-based, experiential activity requiring an eight-month commitment from students only to design, fabricate, test and launch a rocket, as well as complete a lengthy series of real-world comprehensive flight reviews, all overseen by NASA staff, engineers and scientists. In preparation for launch, students participate in a Rocket Fair on Friday, April 7 at the Von Braun Center's East Hall in downtown Huntsville. Teams showcased their rocket’s design and payload and answer questions from hundreds of engineers and team members from NASA and long-time Student Launch corporate sponsor Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia.

NASA SLI provides a learning opportunity that involves design, construction, test, and launch of a reusable launch vehicle and science-related fields. Teaming with engineers from government, business, and academia, students get a hands-on, inside look at the science and engineering professions. The selected teams will each build and launch a reusable rocket carrying the students’ scientific or engineering payload. SLI requires an 8-month commitment to design, construct, test, launch, and successfully recover a reusable rocket and payload to an altitude of 5,280 feet above ground level (AGL). The initiative is more than designing and building a rocket from a commercial kit. It involves diverse aspects, such as the following: scheduling, purchasing, performing calculations, financing the project, coordinating logistics, educational engagement, Web site development, and documenting impact made on education through reports and design reviews. Each team must complete a Preliminary Design Review (PDR), Critical Design Review (CDR), Flight Readiness Review (FRR), Launch Readiness Review (LRR) that includes a safety briefing, and a Post Launch Analysis Review (PLAR) which contains an analysis of vehicle systems and flight data from the final flight.

"Our ETA students worked very hard building and creating their rocket that was 100% built and designed by these amazing students. They spent long hours giving up their Spring Break vacation to drive to Houston to get advice on the construction and payload details along with flight data at the NASA center in Houston, Texas," said ETA Instructor, Christina Alexandra Moreno. "Every detail of the rocket is all student base, they built and created their own rocket from body tubes, height, designed their own fins, they created the payload and experiment, they learned how to program and wire everything on the rocket.:

Team Members: Ana Wilson (Team Captain), Leatrice Wilson, Ricky Gonzalez, JR Bass, Ethan Bracy, Jesus Ayala, Fernada Juarez, Xiangyu Shen, Tehya York, Enrique Eulloqui, Madeline Hickman, Parker Meier, and Cameron Dunn

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Posted on 04/13/2017