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Congratulations to STVM's NASA Student Launch Team!

Oct 07, 2021

NASA has announced the 60 teams from 22 states and Puerto Rico selected to compete in the 2022 Student Launch -- one of seven Artemis Student Challenges. Congrats to STVM's NASA student launch team! Their proposal to design, build and launch a reusable rocket was accepted!

The nine-month challenge, managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, provides a realistic experience for middle school, high school, and college students to follow the engineering design process NASA and industry engineers use when developing and operating new hardware.

The student teams are required to design, build, test, and fly a payload and high-powered amateur rocket to an altitude between 3,500 and 5,500 feet. Teams also must meet multiple documentation and presentation milestones with NASA experts as they develop their rocket. The reports often total hundreds of pages of work by the end of the competition year.

STVM’s team has chosen to compete in the college/university division and will tackle a new task that mirrors NASA missions like the Mars Curiosity Rover. They must design a payload capable of autonomously locating where their rocket landed by identifying the rocket’s grid position on an aerial image of the launch site, while transmitting the data back to their ground station. This must be accomplished without the use of GPS. The requirement simulates a challenge faced by NASA mission managers – communicating with spacecraft and payloads on distant planetary bodies, where use of GPS is not an option.

STVM was the only Ohio high school to have their proposal accepted!  Stay tuned!