NASA engineers from the Marshall facility will first review the rockets. Then, launch activities will take place at Bragg Farms, in nearby Toney, Alabama.
The engineering students have been asked to design a rocket that can reach an altitude of one mile (1.6 kilometer).
Once at the Huntsville facility, the rocketeers will be evaluated on their design features, along with other pertinent aspects of their rockets.
The Tuesday, December 2, 2008 NASA report states, “In addition to designing and flying working rockets, participants will develop a project Web site, and write and submit preliminary and post-launch reports like NASA engineers working actual missions."
"Teams also will devise outreach projects for schools or youth organizations in their area, helping to spread interest in rocketry to students younger than themselves.” [NASA: “NASA Invites Young Engineers To Alabama Student Launch Initiative”]
Each new team will receive a $3,700 grant, while each returning teams receive a $2,450 grant. Each team is eligible to participate for two years.
Page three tells how the fourteen teams qualified for the NASA rocketry competition.