What is the Undergraduate Student Launch Initiative?


To 'challenge university-level students to design, build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload to one mile above ground level, or AGL. The project engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers.'

Issues Involved or Addressed

Development of a rocket propelled vehicle and scientific payload, subject to the approval and review process of NASA; optimization of flight hardware; low-cost research systems. Teams may choose a new investigative topic each year. Previous topics have included moving oxygen gas in microgravity using magnetic fields, inducing in-flight rotation using aerodynamic surfaces, and controlling descent to achieve a vertical landing.

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