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NASA Names Winners of 2023 Student Rocket Launch Competition

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Official NASA MSFC photos of the 2023 Student Rocket Launch week

Recently, NASA announced the University of Alabama in Huntsville as the winner of the agency’s 2023 Student Launch challenge. This challenge involved designing, building, and launching a rocket and scientific payload to an altitude of between 4,000 and 6,000 feet. More than 800 students across the U.S. and Puerto Rico participated in this event, which was conducted on April 15th, near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The participating students were from various academic levels, including middle school, high school, college, and university. The winning teams were awarded in various categories, including Altitude Award, Payload Design Award, Vehicle Design Award, and many more.

“Students are required to meet complex requirements and high expectations, literally,” said Fred Kepner, an education program specialist and activity lead for Student Launch at Marshall. “Student Launch is an authentic learning experience – one offering students experience working through the same processes NASA and our partners use for safety and quality control of space missions.”

This challenge is a great opportunity for students to develop skills required for space exploration while applying theoretical knowledge practically. NASA is proud to contribute to the development of the next generation of skilled engineers and explorers, who can support NASA’s Artemis missions. The agency aims to inspire and encourage students to become the future of space exploration.

The complete list of award winners are as follows:

2023 Overall Winners

  • First place: University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Second place: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Third place: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

3D Printing Award:

College Level:

  • First place: Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
     

Middle/High School Level:

  • First place: East Aurora High School, East Aurora, New York


Altitude Award

College Level: 

  • First place: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Second place: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Third place: University of Alabama in Huntsville


Middle/High School Level:  

  • First place: Spring Grove Area High School, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
  • Second place: Camas High School, Camas, Washington
  • Third place: MATHmania Robotics, Mission Viejo, California

Best-Looking Rocket Award

College Level:

  • First place: North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Second place: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg
  • Third place: Auburn University, Alabama
     

Middle/High School Level:

  • First place: Cedar Falls High School, Iowa
  • Second place: Yamhill Carlton High School, Yamhill, Oregon
  • Third place: Boy Scouts Troop 17, Charlottesville, Virginia

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Reusable Launch Vehicle Innovative Payload Award:

College Level:

  • First place: University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Second place: Washington University in St. Louis
  • Third place: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Judges’ Choice Award:

Middle/High School Level:

  • First place: Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls, Iowa 
  • Second place: Seabrook Intermediate School, Seabrook, Texas
  • Third place: MATHmania Robotics, Mission Viejo, California 

Project Review Award

College Level: 

  • First place: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Second place: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee  
  • Third place: University of Notre Dame, Indiana

AIAA Reusable Launch Vehicle Award

College Level: 

  • First place: New York University, New York
  • Second place: Washington University in St. Louis
  • Third place: University of Alabama in Huntsville

AIAA Rookie Award:

College Level:

  • First place: United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
  • Second place: Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas
  • Third place: University of Central Florida, Orlando

Safety Award:

College Level:

  • First place: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Second place: University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Third place: University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Social Media Award

College Level: 

  • First place: University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
  • Second place: North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Third place: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
     

Middle/High School Level:

  • First place: Morris County 4-H Rocketry Club, Morris County, New Jersey
  • Second place: East Aurora High School, East Aurora, New York
  • Third place: Boy Scouts Troop 17, Charlottesville, Virginia

STEM Engagement Award:

College Level:

  • First place: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Second place: University of Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Third place: University of Alabama in Huntsville
     

Middle/High School Level:

  • First place: Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Second place: MATHmania Robotics, Mission Viejo, California
  • Third place: Camas High School, Camas, Washington

Service Academy Award:

  • First place: The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York

Vehicle Design Award:

Middle/High School Level:

  • First place: Yamhill Carlton Rocketry, Yamhill, Oregon
  • Second place: Spring Grove Area High School, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
  • Third place: Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Payload Design Award

Middle/High School Level:

  • First place: Portland Rocketry, Portland, Oregon
  • Second place: Yamhill Carlton Rocketry, Yamhill, Oregon
  • Third place: Seabrook Intermediate School, Seabrook, Texas

Student Launch is one of NASA’s nine Artemis Student Challenges, activities which connect student ingenuity with NASA’s work returning to the Moon under Artemis in preparation for human exploration of Mars.

“Students are required to meet complex requirements and high expectations, literally,” said Fred Kepner, an education program specialist and activity lead for Student Launch at Marshall. “Student Launch is an authentic learning experience – one offering students experience working through the same processes NASA and our partners use for safety and quality control of space missions.”

Marshall hosts Student Launch with management support provided by NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement – Southeast Region. Funding is provided, in part, by NASA’s Space Operations Mission Directorate and NASA’s Next Gen STEM project. Additional support is provided by Northrup Grumman, National Space Club Huntsville, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Association of Rocketry, Relativity Space, Bastion Technologies, and Siemens Digital Industries Software.

Replays of this launch event and award ceremony are available on NASA’s Marshall YouTube and the Student Launch Facebook page.

For more information about the Student Launch challenge, visit:

https://go.nasa.gov/2HWL80t

Source: NASA

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Boom Supersonic Completes Construction of Overture Superfactory – Revolutionizing Air Travel

Boom Supersonic’s Overture Superfactory completes construction, revolutionizing air travel with faster, more sustainable supersonic aircraft.✈️🚀

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Boom Supersonic Overture Superfactory – A state-of-the-art facility producing cutting-edge supersonic aircraft. Sustainable and innovative. ✈️🚀” Image Boom Supersonic

Boom Supersonic, the pioneering company in supersonic aviation, recently marked a significant milestone with the completion of the Overture Superfactory. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Overture Superfactory is the first supersonic airliner factory in the United States. With the capacity to produce 33 Overture aircraft per year, this state-of-the-art facility will not only strengthen American leadership in aerospace manufacturing but also revolutionize global air travel. Let’s take a closer look at the impact of this remarkable achievement.

A Paradigm Shift in Air Travel:

The Overture aircraft, developed by Boom Supersonic, is set to transform the aviation industry. Capable of flying twice as fast as current commercial planes, the Overture airliner will usher in a new era of speed, efficiency, and sustainability. Boom’s commitment to using up to 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) ensures a greener future for air travel. This technological breakthrough attracts key industry players, such as United Airlines, American Airlines, and Japan Airlines, who have already placed orders for these innovative supersonic aircraft.

Boosting the Economy and Job Creation:

North Carolina, renowned for its aviation legacy, is thrilled to host Boom Supersonic’s groundbreaking manufacturing program. The full implementation of the Boom program is projected to contribute a staggering $32.3 billion to the state’s economy in the next 20 years. Moreover, the Overture Superfactory alone will generate over 2,400 jobs, establishing the region as an economic powerhouse and bolstering North Carolina’s position as the top state for business.

Sustainable and Cutting-Edge Facility:

The Overture Superfactory sets a new standard for environmentally conscious manufacturing facilities. Built by BE&K Building Group and designed by BRPH, this facility aims to achieve LEED certification, highlighting its commitment to sustainability. Anticipated to be at least 40% more energy-efficient than comparable manufacturing facilities, the Overture Superfactory demonstrates how economic growth and environmental stewardship can go hand in hand.

Operationalizing Production and Continuous Progress:

With construction complete, Boom Supersonic’s focus now shifts to operationalizing the production floor at the Overture Superfactory. Working in collaboration with tooling supplier Advanced Integration Technology (AIT), Boom will commence the installation of cutting-edge tooling, starting with a test cell unit. This advanced test cell will play a crucial role in refining manufacturing processes, optimizing assembly line flow, and preparing staff for Overture production.

Collaborative Partnerships and Major Milestones:

Boom Supersonic’s journey towards reshaping aviation is marked by crucial milestones. Most recently, the successful inaugural flight of XB-1, the supersonic demonstrator aircraft for Overture, exemplified the company’s commitment to safe and efficient supersonic air travel. As the flight test program progresses, the XB-1 will validate the aircraft’s performance and handling under supersonic speeds. Collaborations with industry leaders like Northrop Grumman, Aernnova, Collins Aerospace, and others reinforce the comprehensive approach that Boom is undertaking.

Boom Supersonic’s completion of the Overture Superfactory is a momentous achievement that sets the stage for a new chapter in aviation. With its innovative design, sustainable practices, and partnerships with renowned industry players, Boom Supersonic is revolutionizing air travel as we know it. The Overture aircraft produced at the Superfactory will not only deliver vital innovation to aviation but also provide millions of passengers around the world with the opportunity to experience supersonic flight. Get ready to soar to new heights with Boom Supersonic. The future of air travel is here.

About Boom Supersonic

Boom Supersonic’s mission is to make the world dramatically more accessible through flights that are faster, more affordable, more convenient, and more sustainable. 

Boom is developing Overture, the world’s fastest airliner – optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability. Overture will fly at twice the speed of today’s airliners and is optimized to run on up to 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Overture’s order book stands at 130 aircraft, including orders and pre-orders from American Airlines, United Airlines, and Japan Airlines. Boom is working with Northrop Grumman for government and defense applications of Overture. Suppliers and partners collaborating with Boom on the Overture program include Aernnova, Aciturri, Collins Aerospace, Eaton, Honeywell, Latecoere, Leonardo, Safran Landing Systems, and the United States Air Force.

Symphony™ is the propulsion system that will power Overture, a Boom-developed engine with world-class suppliers including Florida Turbine Technologies (FTT), a business unit of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., Colibrium Additive – a GE Aerospace Company, and StandardAero. 

XB-1 is Boom’s technology demonstrator aircraft and the world’s first independently developed supersonic jet. The aircraft first took flight in Mojave, CA in March 2024. For more information, visit https://boomsupersonic.com.  

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Sonic Boom Shakes Northwest Ohio: Fighter Wing Conducts Functional Flight Test

🌟 Attention, residents of northwest Ohio! 🌟 Don’t be alarmed if you hear a sonic boom tomorrow morning – it’s just the 180th Fighter Wing conducting routine tests to ensure the aircraft’s safety and efficiency. Your safety is their top priority! 😊✨🛩️ #ReadyForTakeoff

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A recent sonic boom in northwest Ohio, particularly in west Toledo, caused quite a stir among residents on Wednesday. The unexpected noise turned out to be the result of a fighter aircraft breaking the sound barrier during a test flight conducted by the 180th Fighter Wing, an Air National Guard base in Swanton.

The sonic boom, likened to the sound of an explosion, took some by surprise but was later explained by the 180th Fighter Wing as part of a routine functional flight test following heavy maintenance on the aircraft. These tests are essential to ensure that all systems of the aircraft are functioning properly and to guarantee mission readiness before returning the aircraft to operational rotation.

Residents in the area have been informed that they may hear another sonic boom on Thursday morning, as the 180th Fighter Wing announced plans to conduct an additional functional flight test between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The test is expected to involve the aircraft reaching supersonic speeds around the Bowling Green and Toledo vicinity, potentially generating another sonic boom.

Sonic booms occur when an aircraft travels faster than the speed of sound, creating a shockwave that can be heard on the ground. These tests are typically conducted at altitudes above 30,000 feet to minimize the impact on residents below.

While the sound of a sonic boom can be alarming, it’s important for residents in the area to be aware that these tests are part of necessary procedures to ensure the safety and operational efficiency of the aircraft. So, if you hear another loud noise on Thursday morning, rest assured that it’s just the sound of a fighter aircraft pushing the limits of speed in the name of readiness.

Check out the story WTOL 11Toledo, Ohio: https://www.wtol.com/article/news/local/loud-boom-heard-across-northwest-ohio-was-fighter-plane-breaking-sound-barrier-wednesday-180th-says/

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NASA’s Newest Spaceplane: Dream Chaser Tenacity Arriving at Kennedy Space Center

Dream Chaser Tenacity arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a milestone in enhancing ISS resupply missions. New era of commercial spaceplanes begins.

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Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser Tenacity has made an exciting arrival at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, marking a significant milestone in NASA’s initiative to enhance commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station. This uncrewed spaceplane, part of a fleet planned by Sierra Space, is set to deliver 7,800 pounds of cargo using a ULA Vulcan rocket for its inaugural mission.

Pre-Launch Testing and Preparation
Before its arrival at Kennedy Space Center, Dream Chaser Tenacity underwent rigorous testing and preparation. From vibration testing to exposure to extreme temperatures and pressures, the spaceplane and its cargo module, Shooting Star, were meticulously prepared for their journey to the ISS.

Final Preparations at Kennedy
Now at Kennedy Space Center, Dream Chaser Tenacity is undergoing final testing and prelaunch processing inside the Space Systems Processing Facility. The spaceplane is set to launch atop a ULA Vulcan rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, marking the beginning of its mission to deliver cargo to the orbiting laboratory.

Design and Capabilities
With its lifting body design and unique winged structure, Dream Chaser is capable of transporting cargo to and from low Earth orbit and landing on a runway similar to NASA’s space shuttle. The spaceplane, along with the Shooting Star cargo module, offers a versatile and efficient means of resupplying the ISS.

Certification and In-Orbit Operations
Once in orbit, Dream Chaser Tenacity will undergo a series of demonstrations to showcase its maneuverability and docking capabilities. After delivering cargo to the ISS and completing its mission, the spaceplane will return to Kennedy’s Launch and Landing Facility for inspection and preparation for future missions.

The arrival of Dream Chaser Tenacity at Kennedy Space Center heralds a new era in commercial resupply missions to the ISS, showcasing the capabilities of Sierra Space’s innovative spaceplane technology. As NASA continues to expand its partnerships with commercial providers, the Dream Chaser fleet stands ready to support the agency’s goals in low Earth orbit exploration.

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