Go For Launch!WINNERS

Cygnus Series

Congratulations to Team Waffle

Go For Launch! Cygnus Series Winners

Team Members

  • Spencer Harris
  • George Tang
  • Ryan Ferzoco
  • Tarun Golla
  • Abby Maltese

The team’s winning experiment focuses on the evaluation of self-healing materials in microgravity. It is currently slated to be launched to the International Space Station aboard NG10 in fall of 2018.

Higher Orbits would like to extend a special thanks to all of the volunteers for the events in the Cygnus Series and Orbital ATK (now Northrup Grumman) for their support as Series Sponsor.

Durham Series

Congratulations to Team Orion - Durham Series Winners

Team Members

  • Jamison Fuller
  • Xavier Gomez
  • Srikar Prasad Kaligotla
  • Finn Poulin
  • Graham Shunk

The team’s winning experiment focuses on the evaluation of radiotrophic fungi in microgravity as a possible radiation barrier. It is currently slated to be launched to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX CRS-16 in the Fall of 2018.

Higher Orbits would also like to extend a special thanks to all of our presenting partners and event sponsors for the Durham Series.

Centaurus A Division

Congratulations NESS!

2017 Go For Launch! Centaurus A Division Winners

Team NESS

From the Deerfield, IL Go For Launch! Program, NESS team members are:

  • Sara Bloom
  • Erin Keating
  • Skye McCord
  • Novalee Sweeney

Team NESS’s winning experiment focuses on post-hibernation bee behavior and flight patterns in micro-gravity. It is currently scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX CRS-15, currently scheduled for launch on June 28, 2018.

Higher Orbits would also like to extend a special thanks to all of our presenting partners and event sponsors for the Centaurus A Division.

Division

Congratulations Saguaro Snakes!

2017 Go For Launch! Orbital ATK Division Winners

Team Saguaro Snakes

From the Gilbert, AZ Go For Launch! Program, Saguaro Snakes team members are:

  • Ian Anderson
  • Devin Askue
  • Rian Espinosa
  • Nicolas Jepsen
  • Abigail Youngker

Saguaro Snake’s winning experiment grows plants in microgravity to test how nitrogen being put back into the soil might be affected by the microgravity conditions. It is currently scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station aboard Cygnus CRS OA-8, the ninth planned flight of the Orbital ATK unmanned resupply spacecraft Cygnus on November 10, 2017.

Update

The experiment did successfully launch to station aboard OA-8; however, due to technical difficulties, didn’t return any data. The experiment was reflown aboard OA-9 and we are eagerly awaiting data!

Higher Orbits would also like to extend a special thanks to all of our presenting partners and event sponsors for the Orbital ATK Division.

Abigail Youngker, Team Saguaro Snakes

When I was little i would go out to my yard, lay down, and just stare at the stars. My mom would come out in ...

Frank Culbertson, former NASA astronaut and President of Orbital ATK͛s Space Systems Group.

The Saguaro Snakes represent the very best of what were trying to accomplish which is to develop the next generation of space explorers. The team ...

Division

Congratulations Operation Galaxy X!

2016/2017 Go For Launch! AIAA Division Winners

Team Operation Galaxy X

From the Herndon, VA Go For Launch! Program, Operation Galaxy X team members are:

  • Desmen Boykin
  • Savar Shrivastava
  • Shashank Varma Nadimpalli
  • Steven Van Hulle

Operation Galaxy X’s winning experiment studies the reproduction and life cycle of mealworms in space. It is currently scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station aboard Cygnus CRS OA-8E, the ninth planned flight of the Orbital ATK unmanned resupply spacecraft Cygnus on November 10, 2017.

Update

The experiment was successfully flown on station and the team is busy working to analyze the data!

Higher Orbits would also like to extend a special thanks to all of our presenting partners and event sponsors for the AIAA Division.

Steven Van Hulle, Team Operation Galaxy X

I was impressed at the other experiments and how some of them came close to beating ours. One of my favorite activities was building the ...

Daniel Van Hulle, Parent of Operation Galaxy X team member Steven Van Hulle

Go for Launch is a unique opportunity for students not only to learn about science in space but to actually participate in it!My son really ...

Shashank Varma Nadimpalli, Team Operation Galaxy X

My experience at ‘Go for the Launch’ was amazing and it brought different people from different places to unite as one with great teamwork to ...

Andromeda Division

Congratulations DASA!

2016 Go For Launch! Andromeda Division Winners

Team DASA

From the Deerfield, IL Go For Launch! Program, DASA team members are Deerfield:

  • Justin Bank
  • Chirag Goel
  • Dan Kambich
  • Zach Levy
  • Katharine Stecher

DASA’s winning experiment is about testing the effects of radiation on living cells in space. It is currently scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX-12 in August 2017.

Team DASA experiment launched to the International Space Station aboard CRS-12!

Astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger

I’m thrilled to hear the news that the team from Deerfield won! They were focused from the start of our 3-day program, yet they had ...

Kathryn Anderson, Principal of Deerfield High School

We are extremely proud of our students’ accomplishments, which extend their talents far beyond the classroom to the International Space Station. We are thankful to ...

Katharine Stecher, Team DASA

I’m so excited to see the experiment be created. To see it go to space is more than I could ever have imagined! I am ...

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