RockOn! and RockSat-C: Launching Student Experiments to Space

Sounding rocket lifts off from Wallops Flight Facility. (Credit: NASA/Allison Stancil-Ervin)

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (NASA PR) — At 5:30 a.m. EDT Thursday, June 20, 2019, a 40-foot tall rocket carrying 28 student experiments (measuring acceleration, humidity, pressure, temperature and radiation counts) launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The launch is part of the RockOn! programs designed for students to learn and apply skills in building experiments for suborbital space flight. More than 200 university students from across the United States witnessed the launching of their experiments aboard a NASA suborbital sounding rocket.

Participants in RockOn! receive instruction on the basics required to develop a scientific payload for flight on a suborbital rocket. After learning the basics in RockOn!, students may then participate in RockSat-C, where during the school year they design and build a more complicated experiment.