NASA 2019 Space Launch Competition


A team of four WSU Aerospace Engineering seniors just returned from Huntsville Alabama where they successfully competed in the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Student Launch Initiative (SLI). Participants design, build, and launch a rocket to complete a simulated inter-planetary mission.

The WSU team’s 37-lb, 10-ft. tall, rocket is reusable and includes an active drag system for altitude control. Additionally, the rocket carries an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that autonomously orients itself for takeoff and delivers a simulated navigation beacon to a designated location.Everything worked as the team planned in Huntsville.

Just getting invited to NASA’s SLI is hard, teams from all over the US vie to participate and only the best go. Completing all the work and meeting technical milestones is extremely challenging. Since last August the team completed three NASA design reviews, seven launches, and reached almost 300 3rd -12th grade students via educational outreach events.

WSU AE Alums Steve Klausmeyer and Jonathan Mowery and the AE department assisted the students with advice, help, and funding. Please share your congratulations with Bryan Cline, Skylar Dean, Jonathan Bowerman, and Mike Foster! Our team of four accomplished more than other universities did with teams of over 20 students. We are proud of our Shockers!


Photo of team preparing to launch.

Preparing to launch.


Photo of NASA TV interviewing the team (left-to-right: Bryan, Skylar, Jonathan, and Mike).

NASA TV interviewing the team (left-to-right: Bryan, Skylar, Jonathan, and Mike).   



Follow this link for more information on the NASA SLI competition (click here).