30.074 NO Orion/Eberspeaker/NASA Wallops Flight Facility 6-27-2008

Orion lift-offA single stage Orion sounding rocket was launch from Wallops Island, VA on June 27, 2008. The purpose of this mission was to to conduct a pilot mission for the RockOn! Space Flight Workshop concept.

University faculty and students from across the country attended a workshop June 22 - 27 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island in Virginia. During RockOn!, they learned the basics of building experiments for flight on suborbital rockets.

RockOn! teams built the experiments from kits developed by students from the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and learn about the steps and procedures for creating payloads for flight. Each experiment package will include a Geiger counter and sensors for measuring temperature, acceleration and pressure. The experiments then were integrated into payload cans for launch.
Participants working on sensors during RockOn

The week will culminated with the launching of the experiments early in the morning June 27 aboard a NASA Orion sounding rocket. The 20-foot tall, single-stage rocket flew to an altitude of 67 km. After launch and payload recovery, participants conducted preliminary data analysis and discussed their results.

Almost 60 people from universities in 22 states and Puerto Rico are participating in RockOn!. Eighty-percent of the participants are faculty members.

NASA's Space Grant program sponsors university-based consortia that focus on developing our nation's future scientist and engineers, as well as improving science, engineering and technology education. Participants integrating their experiments during RockOnUsing the lessons learned through RockOn!, participants will work to make flight experiments a part of the educational process at their home institutions.

For more information on NASA education programs on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/educationRockOn group in lecture room