New Go For Launch! Event Manager

Go For Launch! Alabama

This event is open to students in grades 8-12 (including rising eight graders and recently graduating seniors.) Students must attend the full day for all days of the event. We want to ensure that all students who are interested in participating are able to do so irrespective of financial status, as such, a pay what you can option with costs ranging from rack rate of $350 down to $25.

If you are in need of financial aid to be able to attend this event please contact us at GoForLaunch@HigherOrbits.org

  • July 20-22 | 9:00am - 4:00pm

* Includes all supplies, lunch, snacks, event t-shirt, event mission patch, space swag bag and more!

Presenting Team

Team may be subject to change due to schedules.

Charles Joseph “Charlie” Camarda is an American engineer and a NASA astronaut who flew his first mission into space on board the Space Shuttle mission STS-114, NASA’s “Return to Flight” mission following Columbia. He served as Senior Advisor for Engineering Development at NASA Langley Research Center.

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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 an 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, AIAA Associate Fellow, 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!

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Katy recalls being initially drawn to the wonders of space during her days on campus at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. While pursuing her undergrad in Communication, she always enjoyed catching a glimpse of the occasional rocket trail or hearing the launches out of Kennedy Space Center. In 2020, Katy was truly able to embrace her space curiosities when she had the opportunity to work as a communication intern for Higher Orbits. She graduated from Embry-Riddle with honors in 2021 and currently holds the position of Communications Director. Her skills of graphic design, photography, and writing allow her to launch her creative side into the cosmos where she can help connect students across the country with the excitement of Higher Orbits and their Go For Launch! programs.

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Lindsay Adams is a born and raised resident of North Alabama. As a college sophomore at Athens State University, Lindsay joined the Disney College Program and began working at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. During her time as a cast member, she discovered her passion for people and creating “magic”. She worked at Disney World for two years before returning to North Alabama, where she began working at The U.S. Space & Rocket Center as a Museum Guide. In this role, she enriched and inspired the many guests by educating them about the wonders of the space program. Her daily interaction with the young and old museum guests has resulted in newfound friendships and experiences for her and the guests. She has worked in several roles in the four years she has worked at The U.S. Space & Rocket Center with her current role being Scholarship & Gifts Specialist. Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs, Comet and Piper. She loves to travel and of course visiting Disney World any chance she gets.  

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Scott is a licensed Architect at BRPH in Huntsville, AL.  After graduating from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2009, he has practiced solely in Alabama.  He has worked on several projects and believes in good design leading to a better social environment.  He has always wanted to be an architect and had a passion for design by developing his philosophy based on his artistic upbringing.  His experience and passion for helping students develop their interests in life and encouraging growth.  He wants to help the young minds explore the possibilities that lie ahead of them. Check out his work at https://scott-terrell-portfolio.weebly.com/  

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Tony Miller’s degree is in Chemical Engineering from UAH and currently serves as the Jacobs ESSCA Technical Fellow for Data Analytics.  He has worked in aerospace engineering since 2006 supporting valves and liquid rocket engines.  Before that, he worked as a Process Engineer and Manager in the areas of tires, catalytic converters, batteries, valves, and various rubber and plastics materials.  Tony was also a Project Manager at a software firm for a few years.  Tony enjoys using computers to improve quality and efficiency in his areas of work, and he has taught himself numerous computer languages during the years.  Currently Tony is primarily using Visual Basic for Applications in Data Analytics for RS-25 hot fire testing and other areas of improvement.  Tony previously worked on the Space Shuttle, Ares I, Orion capsule, RD-181 and Merlin rocket engines, and currently supports the Space Launch System vehicle by working in the Systems Engineering group for liquid rocket engines.  Tony has written applications for everything from manufacturing systems to data analysis automation to WebOS and Android cell phones.  

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Mrs. Robin Osborne, an engineer with ERC in the Jacobs Space Exploration Group at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, is a subject matter expert in the design, test, and evaluation of rocket engine ignition systems. She serves as the NASA component lead for the Augmented Spark Igniter for the RS-25 engine, which is the core stage engine for NASA’s Space Launch System. In 2015 she received a Silver Snoopy Award from the NASA Astronaut Corps for her work on spark ignition systems, and in 2016 she was named Engineer of the Year by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  She is an AIAA Associate Fellow, as well as the Pre-College Outreach Director for the AIAA Greater Huntsville Section.  Mrs. Osborne earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and Vanderbilt University, respectively.  

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Other Team Members To Be Announced

Series Sponsor…

Supported by Sponsors:

Main Engine Tank

Orbiter

Intergalactic Voyagers

Event Location Details

Madison Public Library
142 Plaza Blvd Madison, AL 35758


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