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Release date- 29072013 -
The event marked the culmination of an experience designed to simulate a real-life launch campaign and encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The launch featured three high-power sport rockets built by interns at ULA, including the Future - the largest rocket to launch in
Working on their own time, the ULA and Ball interns designed, built and tested the rockets and the payloads (onboard instruments/experiments that are deployed after launch) with the guidance of mentors from both companies. Approximately 60 interns and 30 mentors from ULA as well as 49 interns and 25 mentors from Ball participated this year.
This year's lineup of rockets included the 25-foot-tall Future, which carried 14 payloads to an altitude of approximately 9,000 feet. The 'Stars 'N' Stripes' is a 17-foot rocket and carried two payloads, and the 'Atlas IV,' at 10 feet tall, deployed a single payload.
The Southern Colorado Rocketeers (SCORE),
Ball interns, collectively known as BIRST (Ball Intern Rocket Science Team), designed, built and tested the five largest payloads. This year's concepts included: a fully-equipped life support system carrying a crew of grasshoppers to a new home in
Twelve K-12 student teams from five schools in
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