Team RockSat-X, a crew of ten NNU engineering and physics students, will be launching their third rocket into space this August. Five of the ten students, including team captain Ben Gordon (Oakridge, Ore.), David Vinson (Elbe, Wash.), Drew Johnson (Tacoma, Wash.), Ryan Lofthouse (Maupin, Ore.), Seth Leija (Meridian, Idaho) and Lukas Rieke (Pasco, Wash.), are at NASA’s Wallup Space Center in Virginia this week.
These five students are finalizing their experiment and testing that the payload will withstand the high vibration during a launch and the extremely cold conditions of space. Initial tests this week went well, and the team is on its way toward a green light for the mid-August launch. The students will also watch an actual rocket launch while in Virginia.