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Friday, November 18, 2005

Oakton High Student Launch Initiative Team Wins Contract Award from NASA

The Oakton High School Student Launch Initiative team has received a second consecutive contract award from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center to develop a rocket with a scientific payload that will launch to a height of one mile. Oakton High School is a Fairfax County public school.

The NASA Student Launch Initiative (SLI) challenges high school and college students to design, build, and test reusable rockets with associated scientific payloads. The unique hands-on experience enables students to demonstrate proof-of-concept for their designs and gives previously abstract concepts tangibility. At the high school level, several schools compete to construct the vehicle that is designed to reach an altitude of one mile above ground level. In addition to actual vehicle performance, schools are also evaluated on design and other criteria.

For the past three years, Oakton High has participated in the Team America Rocketry Challenge sponsored by the National Association of Rocketry and the Aerospace Industries Association. Oakton High teams have qualified for the national finals each year they have competed.

The Oakton team will work in partnership with Aerojet General to develop the rocket and are working toward a launch date in April at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Note: For more information, contact Steve Scholla at stephen.scholla@fcps.edu .