NASA Plans 'RockOn!' Rocket Workshop

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., June 11 (UPI) — NASA says it expects 80 college students and professors from across the nation and Puerto Rico to attend a workshop to learn how to build small experiments.

The weeklong workshop — called “RockOn!” — teaches the students how to build experiments that can be launched aboard sounding rockets. The event begins June 19 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

“The … participants will build standardized experiments that will fly on a NASA Terrier-Orion suborbital sounding rocket set to launch between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. EDT June 24,” the space agency said. “The 35-foot-tall rocket is expected to fly to an altitude of 75 miles. After launch and payload recovery, the participants will conduct preliminary data analysis and discuss their results.”

In addition to the seven workshop-built experiments, 11 custom-built, self-contained experiments that were developed by 10 universities during a previous RockOn! workshop will also will fly on the rocket.

The workshop is funded by NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. This will be the third year for the workshop.

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