Go For Launch!

AIAA DIVISION - Middle School

Airbus Facility
Students Grades 6-8
May 6, 13-14, 2017

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*Team may be subject to change due to schedules.


Michelle Lucas spent 10+ years working at NASA's Johnson Space Center. First as part of the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Safety Review Panel (PSRP) and then in the Mission Operations Directorate as a Flight Controller in ISS Mission Control and as a Astronaut Instructor in the ISS Daily Operations Group. Additionally she worked with each of the International Partners (European Space Agency – ESA, Japanese Space Agency – JAXA and the Russian Space Agency) in the field of Daily Operations, Flight Controller and Instructor Training. Michelle was part of the Core NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) team for 9 missions where astronauts would carry out analog space missions underwater in the Aquarius habitat. Along the way, Michelle found she has a passion for launching the next generation's dreams and ambitions. Her passion for inspiring students led to extensive work with other organizations in STEM outreach so she founded the non-profit Higher Orbits to use space to excite and inspire students about STEM, Leadership, Teamwork and Communication. Michelle is proud to be a Space Camp Alum and member of the Space Camp Hall of Fame. She believes that collaboration in space and STEM is the key to the stars! Space Inspires!


Frank is an engineer, fighter pilot, astronaut (retired) and executive in the aerospace industry. Culbertson flew as the pilot on STS-39 and Commander of STS-51. He served as the Program Manager for the Shuttle Mir Program. In 2001, Culbertson was the Commander of ISS Expedition 3. Today he works as the President of Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group.


Sandra is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest aerospace professional society. Dr. Magnus flew on the STS- 112 shuttle mission, and on STS-135. She also flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in November 2008, and returned home on STS-119 after four and a half months on board.



Airbus Facility
2550 Wasser Terrace Suite 9000
Herndon, VA 20171
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Registration Fee

$250 per student and includes all supplies, snacks and lunch (of limited menu) as well as event t-shirt, event patch & more!