University students pose in front of a Terrier-enhanced Malemute Sounding Rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. The rocket launch on March 25, 201
The students watched their aerospace projects soar over the weekend, thanks to a two-year NASA program that transformed class into hands-on experience.
On Sunday (March 25) at 6:51 pm EDT (1051 GMT), a NASA sounding rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility of the Space Agency on the east coast of Virginia, projects of student teams from four universities carried up to a height of 107 miles (172 kilometers). The educational initiative was led by the NASA Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP), which aims to stimulate interest in STEM education and help students better understand scientific careers
The introduction of the two-stage terrier Improved Malemute The Sounding Rocket happened on the 25th of March, after being postponed several times because of the harsh sea conditions. [Drill! Students Mine for Simulated Martian Ice]
After the flight, the engineering projects were completed by a parachute descended into the Atlantic Ocean and were recovered so that they could be returned to the students, NASA officials said in a statement.
The students are from the Florida Institute of Technology, Utah State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Kentucky. The managers of the Wallops Flight Facility acted as technical advisers to these undergraduate teams on behalf of NASA's Education and Science Office.
"USIP gave students the opportunity to experience work in a research and development environment," in addition to "various aspects of developing a design project from conception through manufacturing to testing," Amy Price, a senior mechanical engineer. Student and team leader for the USIP team of the University of Nebraska, said in the NASA statement.
The student teams did not just consist of engineering majors, Price added. "There are math, physics, finance and economists on the team," she said, as well as engineering students who focus on chemical and biological systems in their formal education.
4 student projects were successfully launched at 6:51 pm ET this morning on a suborbital-sounding research rocket from @NASA_Wallops . After launching at 107 miles and parachuting into the Atlantic Ocean, the projects were retrieved for analysis: https://t.co/puQXUpR21u pic.twitter.com/hnswvQ9EYd
– NASA (@NASA) March 25, 2018
By attending USIP, students learned about logistics, and Price said they and their team "[their] also refined interpersonal and written skills through design reviews, monthly status reports, and required grant reports . "
Gabriel Myers, a senior mechanic and physicist at the University of Kentucky, commented on the USIP experience in the NASA statement. "By working with engineers from NASA Wallops and other locations, the group was able to gain a degree of technical intuition and help students make connections between their classes and apply that knowledge."
In-Flight Students in Florida The Institute of Technology tested an insulation repair material in a near vacuum environment, while students from the University of Nebraska tested a retractable cantilever and a solar blanket for sounding rocket and small satellite applications. The University of Kentucky team used a small spacecraft during their flight to test a communications and thermal protection system, and Utah State University students tested a green fuel engine system while looking for harmful effects of the flue gas contamination. 196590000] Follow Doris Elin Salazar on Twitter @salazar_elin . Follow us @Spacedotcom Facebook and Google+. Original article on Space.com.