2023 Student Rocket Launch

The Student Rocket Launch Returns!

Join United Launch Alliance and Ball Aerospace in the 15th annual Student Rocket Launch! The event will be held on July 15, 2023, hosted by the Southern Colorado Rocketeers at their Hudson Ranch Rocket Site in Pueblo, Colorado.

Witness the launch of Helios and Phoenix, two intern-built sport rockets that are projected to reach altitudes of approximately 4,200 feet. This year, 14 different payloads have been integrated across the rockets, all designed by either members of the Ball Intern Remote Sensing Team (BIRST) or K-12 students. Each payload is being judged by their design phase, testing phase and payload performance. The top three scoring teams will earn a cash prize for their school or a nonprofit organization of their choosing.

Event Information


9 a.m. Gates Open
10 a.m.-12 p.m. MT: ULA Rocket Launches
Please note the schedule is subject to change based on safety, technical items and weather conditions.

For launch and weather status, visit twitter.com/ulalaunch, instagram.com/ulalaunch or facebook.com/ulalaunch — look for the #StudentsRockIt hashtag!




Meet the 2023 Rockets: Helios and Phoenix 

Engine: O-class
Height: 19 ft, 6 in (5.94 m)
Width: 11.7 in (30 cm) diameter
Altitude Target: 4,200 ft (1280.2 m)
Average Thrust: 768.1 lb (3416.7 N)
Total Number of Payloads Aboard: 14

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