The “ResistoJets” is one of 18 winning proposals for the High School/Middle School national division.
The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is an annual competition – one of NASA’s Artemis Student Challenges – which requires middle/high school and college/university students to design, build, and fly a high-powered amateur rocket and scientific payload.
Each year, NASA updates the payload challenge to mirror technologies needed for existing missions. This year, students must design a payload capable of autonomously receiving commands via radio frequency and completing a series of tasks with an on-board camera. While university/college division teams are required to meet the 2023 payload requirements, the middle/high school division teams have the option to take on the same challenge or design a payload experiment of their own.
The goal of the Morris “ResistoJets” Rocketry club is to simulate photographing the surface of a planet. The team will be building an 8-foot tall rocket to lift the required payload to an altitude of between 5,000 feet.
The nine-month-long challenge will culminate with an on-sit launch will occur near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama in April 2023,
The Morris “ResistoJets” Rocketry club is one of 18 winning proposals for the High School/Middle School national division. “I can’t express how excited I am about this, I can’t wait to go to Alabama!” remarked the team’s safety officer, Holt Englander.
“I am very proud of what the team has accomplished so far, and I look forward to everything that lies ahead,” said the team captain, Sean McConoughey.
Along with building a complex rocket and payload, students must undergo detailed reviews and evaluations, maintain social media platforms, and conduct outreach programs to educate local communities. These tasks encompass many foundational aspects of an aerospace organization and ensure students experience the wide array of diverse skills needed to build and maximize the benefits of spaceflight technology.
“This competition has the potential to transform students into well-qualified professionals for the modern-day workplace,” said Fred Kepner, activity lead for Student Launch at Marshall. “Many former students now work with NASA or our industry partners across the nation, some supporting the next chapter of space exploration, the Artemis program.”
For more information about Student Launch, visit The NASA STEM Student Launch website.
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