ULA and Ball Aerospace are once again teaming up for the annual Student Rocket Launch. This 2019 launch will be on July 20, selected in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
The 35-foot tall Future Heavy Super Sport rocket will reach a peak altitude of 5,500 feet while carrying payloads built by the Ball Intern Rocket Science Team (BIRST) and teams of K-12 students from across the country. Several K-12 teams launching will compete to win up to $5,000 for returning their projects to a ground-based target after being released from the rocket at 3,000 to 4,000 feet above ground level.
In addition to the Future Heavy Super Sport, ULA interns and mentors will also launch several smaller high-power sport rockets that will reach altitudes of more than 9,000 feet above ground level.
7:30 a.m. Spectator Area Opens, Future Heavy On-Pad, Up-Close Viewing
9:30 a.m. Launch of Small High-Power Rockets
10 a.m. Future Heavy Positioned for Liftoff
10:30 a.m. Pre-Launch Program
11 a.m. Future Heavy Launch
Please note the schedule is subject to change based on safety, technical items and weather conditions.
Follow the activities on social media -- look for the #StudentsRockIt hashtag!
The Future Heavy Super Sport will weigh 960 pounds and generate 4,560 pounds of thrust at liftoff.
Powered by four N-class engines and two O-class engines, the Future Heavy Super Sport will reach an altitude of roughly 5,500 feet above ground level before releasing its payloads.