Who: Student interns from United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Ball Aerospace, K-12 students from Colorado  

What: ULA interns will launch a 50-foot-tall sport rocket they built with 19 payloads built by Ball Aerospace and K-12 student payload teams. This year’s rocket team includes approximately 70 interns and more than 20 mentors from ULA as well as 37 interns and approximately 20 mentors from Ball Aerospace. The Space Foundation is working with Estes Rockets to give YMCA campers a chance to launch their own model rockets prior to the Future Heavy’s launch as well. The Student Rocket Launch offers hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experience to students from kindergarten through graduate school.

Watch via Webcast:Watch the event live! Kerbal Space Academy will be broadcasting live from the event beginning at approximatley 9 a.m. MDT.

When/Where:
Student Rocket Launch
Sunday, July 24, 2016, 8-11:30 a.m.
Fort Carson Army Post

Student Rocket Launch Visuals/Interview Opportunities
  • Up-close viewing and launch of the 50-foot-tall sport rocket built by ULA interns, expected to be the largest sport rocket ever launched!
  • Ball Aerospace payload deployment
  • K-12 students from Colorado payload deployment
  • Interview opportunities with interns, mentors and other ULA and Ball Aerospace representatives about the rockets and payloads

About the program: Since 2009, ULA has teamed up with Ball Aerospace to offer students a real-world space industry experience by launching rockets they build as part of their internship. Over an eight-week period, working on their own time, the ULA and Ball Aerospace interns design, build and test the rockets and the payloads with the guidance of mentors from both companies.

In 2010, the program expanded to include payloads (onboard instruments/experiments deployed after launch) from K-12 students. In 2016, the Space Foundation is working with Estes Rockets to give YMCA campers a chance to launch their own model rockets prior to the Future Heavy’s launch. Additional information about the launch and the program can be found at: ulalaunch.com/Intern_RocketLaunch.aspx and http://www.ball.com/aerospace/newsroom/features/birst-team-aims-for-rocket-launch-world-record

Event Agenda (Times are approximate)
8:00  a.m.                     Space Foundation Rocket Launches
9:00 a.m.                      Genesis High-Power Rocket Launch
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.          Future Heavy Launch Pad Viewing
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.        Pre-launch Program
11:00 a.m.                    Future Heavy Launch