Plantation High School Aerospace students were given the opportunity to participate in the NASA Student Launch Program in Huntsville, Alabama. Plantation High School is the only Florida high school, and one of only eight middle and high schools in the nation to be accepted into the eight-month program.
To qualify for this honor, Plantation High Aerospace students presented monthly reports via teleconference to NASA engineers and scientists and passed all technical reviews to be cleared for their rocket launch at Marshall Space Flight Center. Their rocket carried a payload designed to measure height, velocity, and acceleration in three dimensions, the Earth’s gravitational and magnetic fields, and the spin of the rocket in flight.
As part of the project, the Plantation High Aerospace students engaged hundreds of elementary and middle school students in the District in STEM activities, from rocket design and building to payload programming and design. The eight foot, 20 pound rocket flew perfectly to within 100 feet of the target altitude of 5280 feet.
Pictured: Plantation High students getting ready to leave to Huntsville, AL.
About Student Launch
The NASA Student Launch is a research-based, competitive and experiential exploration project that provides relevant and cost-effective research and development to support the Space Launch System, or SLS. The project involves reaching a broad audience of colleges and universities across the nation in an eight-month commitment to design, build, and fly payloads or vehicle components that support SLS. Based on research needs, these payloads and components fly on high-power rockets to an altitude determined by the range safety officer and the team. Supported by the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and U.S. aerospace industry, NASA Student Launch is a NASA-conducted engineering design challenge to provide resources and experiences for students and faculty.