November 10, 2022

Our Plans for 2023 with Miles on a Mission

We’ve been so fortunate to be part of United’s Miles on a Mission opportunity in the past and Katy shared with you how these donations have helped us in the past.

These miles have opened doors of opportunity for us to inspire the next generation of STEMists & Explorers in ways we hadn’t previously had the resources to do.

As we are nearing the end of the latest Miles on a Mission campaign, with a goal of 1.3 million miles (the same number Artemis is planned to voyage), I wanted to share with you why your donation of miles is more important than ever… 

In 2023 we will have more exciting opportunities for students than ever before.

We will launch more student experiments in 2023 than ever before!

Starting off – in Q1 of 2023, (at least that’s the currently targeted launch date planned) we will have not 1, not 2, but 3 teams of students from across the country have their experiments launch to be conducted on the International Space Station!

The winning team from the 2021 Series of events, Team Andromeda comes from the Go For Launch! Lakeland event. 

Pictured: Team Andromeda With Astronaut Nicole Stott

The winning team from the Independent Go For Launch!  New Albany event that was made possible thanks to a partnership with the Purdue University 0-G programs, Team Space Worms, and the winning team from the Independent Go For Launch! 4H in Space event, Team Space Goats, will have their experiments flown on the same flight as Team Andromeda.

Pictured: Team Space Worms

Pictured: Team Space Goats

Students from these teams come from New Albany, IN and for the 4H team, there are students from across the country in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, and Illinois who will need to fly to the launch of their experiment. 

Watching your experiment fly to space is a life-changing experience. Many of these students would be unable to travel to launch without travel assistance and your miles can make a huge difference for them!

But wait… there’s more!

In addition to these 3 teams, we just selected the winners of the Go For Launch! BRPH Series (Congratulations to Team Laika from our KSCVC event this summer) and will soon select the winners of the Go For Launch! The Midland Series, made possible by Midland Development Corporation. Their experiments will fly to space before the end of 2023 as well! 

Pictured: Team Laika

We currently fly our students’ experiments aboard SpaceX Dragon which launches on a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida as well as aboard Northrup Grumman Cygnus which launches on the Antares rocket from Wallops Island, VA.

When Dream Chaser starts to fly, with her first launches aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket out of Florida, we hope to manifest our student experiments on this vehicle as well.  

In addition to these launches, there are many conferences we hope to bring our students to in 2023 to be a speaker on a panel with us or to present their experiment results. Some of these conferences include AIAA Sci-Tech in the DC area, ISSRDC in Seattle, ASGSR, ASCEND, AMOS, and more!

Without travel support, many students wouldn’t be able to afford to attend these conferences that help propel their aerospace journey even further.

All of this is in addition to the 20 Go For Launch! events we plan to run across the country in 2023. Your miles help get our team to communities across the US.

In 2023 we also hope to have another #YouAreGoForLaunch opportunity for a student to travel to Go For Launch! at an incredibly space-inspired location and we will also soon be announcing the next Your Future Flies With Us opportunity where communities across the US can compete to have Go For Launch! brought to their corner of the universe at no cost. Your miles help support ALL of these efforts. 

As you can see we have a moonshot goal of 1.3 million miles, and it’s because we have one giant leap of activities and opportunities for students next year that need your miles to make possible. 

We can promise you that your donation of miles, whether they be 1,000 or 100,000 will be put to galactically great use to inspire and ignite excitement. We hope you’ll consider supporting this effort and we hope perhaps our orbits will cross with yours on a United flight sometime soon!

Follow this link to donate >>>  https://donate.mileageplus.com/Listing/Details/1438124/Going-the-Extra-Mile-to-Launch-Students-Dreams-to-Space 

We hope you’ll also consider sharing this campaign with others you know who may wish to support our effort. Help us help our students take flight to journeys in STEM that one day may lead them to the moon or beyond!

Good leads the way… to the moon and more!

About the author

Michelle Lucas
Founder & President of Higher Orbits

Michelle spent 10 years working at NASA primarily in International Space Station (ISS) Flight Control Operations Planning and as an Astronaut Instructor in the Daily Operations Group. Her passion for inspiring students led to extensive work with other organizations in STEM outreach. She then decided to form Higher Orbits to continue to work to inspire students about the wonders of STEM through spaceflight.

Michelle Lucas


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