This summer (2014), from June 20th to June 27th, Dillon Badman (Engineering Physics major with a Bioengineering track) and I will be participating in NASA’s RockOn Program, which includes a rocket-launch mission at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Dillon and I will be constructing a NASA pre-designed electronic instrument to be flown aboard a Terrier-Improved Orion Sub-orbital Sounding Rocket.
After being launched to an altitude of 73 miles into space and being retrieved at sea, the payload data will be returned to the facility to be downloaded and analyzed. Twenty teams from other universities are expected to participate in this event.
The expenses for this NASA mission (registration, lodging, meals, and transportation) are being covered by the Delaware Space Grant (DESG) Consortium, located at the University of Delaware.
Stay tuned for a follow up article upon our return from this exciting mission. This is the first mission of this kind for Delaware State University. Wish us luck!