2014-2015 NASA Student Launch
The NASA Student Launch (NSL) competition is an 8-month project for college students to design, build, and launch a reusable, recoverable, high-powered rocket with a scientific payload to a target altitude. This year, the competition also includes the design, build, and use of Autonomous Ground Support Equipment for loading the payload in the rocket, raising the rocket, and finally priming the rocket. NSL engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers. The project requires a report written for each step of the design phase that details the design and safety of the students' project - the Preliminary Design Review (PDR), the Critical Design Review (CDR), the Flight Readiness Review (FRR), and the Post Launch Assessment Review (PLAR). The PDR, CDR, FRR, and PLAR are evaluated by panels of scientists and engineers from NASA and by NASA contractors and external partners.
Competition day for NSL will be on April 10th, 2015.