2018 Student Rocket Launch

10th Anniversary Event Blasts off July 14

Join us on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Lake Meredith, Colorado, to watch the 41-foot-tall Future Heavy Super Sport rocket take flight with nearly 40 payloads built by interns from Ball Aerospace and K-12 students from around the country. No registration or RSVP is required to attend this year.

The 10th anniversary event will make a splash – literally – as the Future Heavy will land in Lake Meredith following liftoff. Fifteen of the nearly 40 payloads are competing to win up to $5,000 as part of a competition to return to a designated area after leaving the rocket.

In addition to the Future Heavy SS launch, ULA interns and mentors will launch four additional high-power sport rockets.


Event Information


8 a.m. Viewing Opportunity for Future Heavy Super Sport on Launch Pad
8–8:45 a.m. K-12 Payload Installations (Non-competition Payloads)
8–9:30 a.m. K-12 Payload Installations (Competition Payloads)
9:45 a.m. Future Heavy Super Sport Rocket and Launch Pad Go Vertical
10 a.m. Event Access Gates Closed (Lockdown Until After Launches are Complete)
Clear Pad, Spectators Return to Spectator Areas
10:20 a.m. Launch of I-class High-power Sport Rocket
10:25 a.m. Drag Race Launch of Three H-class High-power Sport Rockets
10:30 a.m. Launch of Future Heavy Super Sport
11:30 a.m. Award Ceremony in Payload Target Area 52
Please note the schedule is subject to change based on safety, technical items and weather conditions.

Details for Spectators



Future Heavy 2017

Future Heavy Super Sport

Future Heavy SS is a 41-foot-tall, high-power sport rocket.  Powered by four I-class, two M-class, and four N-class engines, the single-stage rocket will generate approximately 4,700 pounds of thrust off the launch pad.

2018 Future Heavy Super Sport Rocket

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