FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE • April 2, 2010
MAY 1 EDUCATION LAUNCH EXPERIMENTS DESCRIBED
LAS CRUCES – The following information was provided by the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) to detail the nature of the payloads that will be included in the Second Annual Education Launch from Spaceport America.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON NMSGC OR STUDENT EXPERIMENTS, PLEASE GO TO: http://spacegrant.nmsu.edu/ OR CALL (575) 646-6414
New Mexico Space Grant Consortium at New Mexico State University is funding the rocket, launch, and educational program that will take a group of student experiments to space on Saturday, May 1, 2010. New Mexico Space Grant Consortium developed the Student Launch Program that currently works with one high school, 5 community colleges, and 2 universities in New Mexico to build electronic experiments. These experiments will be flown on a UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL rocket. The purpose of this program is to develop New Mexico’s commercial space workforce by providing students access to space annually from Spaceport America. New Mexico Space Grant Consortium is funded by a grant from NASA.
New Mexico State University (NMSU)
Tom Burton – Faculty Advisor – email@example.com
Doug Weathers – Team Lead
Description of Experiment: The NMSU experiment is designed to gather data from an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and save it on a storage card. When the experiment is recovered, we will be able to interpret the data and determine the trajectory of the rocket. This is intended as a proof-of-concept to see if an IMU can determine the rocket’s trajectory accurately enough to meet the needs of Spaceport America’s customers.
University of New Mexico (UNM)
Olga Lavrova – Faculty Advisor – firstname.lastname@example.org
Feng Chang – Team Lead
Description of Experiment: Programmable Connectors.
Community College/ High School Experiments
San Juan College Community College
Jeffrey Wood – Advisor – email@example.com
Valerie Goldtooth, Michael Shmitt, Matthew Vigil & Robert Branam –
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI)
Nader Vadiee – Faculty Advisor – firstname.lastname@example.org
Alicia Montoya – Team Lead
New Mexico Highlands University
David Olivas – Faculty Adivisor – email@example.com
Joe McCaffrey – Faculty Advisor
Central New Mexico University
Jason Manzanares – Faculty Advisor – firstname.lastname@example.org
Doña Ana Community College (DACC)
Jon Davis – Faculty Advisor – email@example.com
Kami Holguin – Team Lead
Luis Rocha – Team Lead
Hot Springs High School
Stacy Coulter – Faculty Advisor – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tyson Rush – Faculty Advisor – email@example.com
Description of Experiment: Students in technical programs built and tested experiments as part of an undergraduate course. This payload was developed by Colorado Space Grant and is called RocketSat. Instruments on this payload include pressure sensor, accelerometers, temperature sensor, and Geiger counter. These instruments are a baseline for future student experimentation and basic rocket characterization.
Rocket DescriptionThe rocket provider is UP Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado. The name of the rocket is Spaceloft XL4, which is a sounding or research rocket.
DIAMETER: 10.45″ HEIGHT: 20′ when full
APOGEE: 70 miles PAYLOAD SECTION: 52″ long
PAYLOAD: Four 10-inch canisters support 10 lbs. ea.
Three four-inch canisters support four lbs. ea.