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Apply to Launch a Payload in 2018

Elementary, middle and high school student teams can apply for payload spots for the 2018 launch.

To celebrate the program’s 10th anniversary in 2018, K-12 teams can design, build and operate a payload to guide it to a designated ground-based target for a chance to win up to $5,000 for their school or sponsoring nonprofit.  

In order to mimic real launches where boosters land in the ocean and to add some complexity to the competition, the 41-foot-tall Future Heavy is planned to be launched over a reservoir so teams will have to find creative solutions to successfully recover their payloads in spite of the water obstacle. Ten payload slots can participate in a payload competition, with the top three teams winning cash prizes. An additional 10 slots will be reserved for teams not wanting to compete but who want to build a payload.

Information about the timeline, technical specifications and contact information are included in the Payload Proposal Form. Note: Download the form to complete before sending.

2018 Deadlines
  • ASAP: Download the Payload Proposal Form and notify ULA of your interest in the program
  • Jan. 31, 2018: Deadline to submit the completed Payload Proposal Form
  • Feb. 7, 2018: ULA will notify proposal team leaders about selection
  • Mid-June 2018: Payloads delivered/shipped to ULA
  • July 2018: Student Rocket Launch event
Here's a view of the 2009 payloads just after deployment from the rocket:

2009 Student Rocket Launch Payload Deployment

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