Contact: Michelle Lucas
Higher Orbits


Nonprofit Brings Astronaut to The Hamptons & Uses Space Exploration to Foster Student Engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

May 17, 2016Leesburg, Va.—Higher Orbits today announced that it will host its first East Coast Go For Launch! program at LTV Studios in East Hampton, NY July 28-30, 2016. Students in the Hamptons will have the opportunity to participate in the three-day program that that uses space exploration as a platform to launch student engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), STEAM (Art); teamwork; communication; and leadership.


Through their participation in Go For Launch! students learn about human spaceflight and get insight and feedback through a variety of talks delivered by experienced space and STEM professionals. Speakers scheduled to participate in this event include retired Astronaut Jerry Ross, former ISS Flight Controller and Astronaut Instructor Michelle Lucas and others. The goal is to illustrate the numerous opportunities that exist in STEM-related careers.


“I am excited to be at the LTV Studios in July and to be part of the unique and educational Go For Launch! program. I enjoy telling the participants what it was like to fly in space and especially what it was like to perform spacewalks. Michelle Lucas and her Higher Orbits organization always provide challenging and motivating STEM experiences for the students,” says Retired Astronaut Jerry Ross. “Opportunities like this are just what young future scientists and engineers need to motivate them to pursue their dreams. And I am pleased to again be part of Michelle’s team and to help encourage young people to pursue their goals!”


The students will participate in collaborative activities and develop the idea for a space experiment, which they will present to a panel of judges (including an astronaut). The judges will choose a winner at each Go For Launch! event. Winners from each event in the division will compete for the divisional title and those winners will have their experiments launched into space.


“As someone who grew up in love with space travel but without many options to have interactions where I could learn more,” said Michelle Lucas, Founder of Higher Orbits, “I’m excited to be able to bring the Go For Launch! program right to students in their hometown areas. Space inspires and I can’t wait to share that message with the students in the Hamptons.”


Go For Launch! will run July 28-30, 2016 for students ages 13-17 and will be held at LTV Studios – 75 Industrial Rd; Wainscot (East Hampton), NY. Registration for students is $250 and includes all supplies and meals. To register, or for more information, please visit


“As a full-time local resident and business owner, I’m thrilled to hear that Higher Orbits will be hosting a Go For Launch! program this summer in The Hamptons,” says Annie Balliro, President & CEO uniphigood, LLC. This program will provide an incredible opportunity for our youth to get an “out of this world” experience, related to Space and STEM education, and as we have seen here in the past, meeting and learning from a real-life Astronaut is always inspiring and lots of fun!


Go For Launch! Hamptons is made possible in part by sponsors uniphi good, uniphi space agency and LTV Studios. Higher Orbits is supported by Intergalactic Sponsors: Space Tango, Kentucky Space, and eddi who help make all Go For Launch! events possible. Sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels for individual events, divisions, or the overall program. For more details please contact Michelle Lucas at or call 707-893-STAR.

About Higher Orbits

Higher Orbits is a 501(c)3 non-profit with the mission of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); along with leadership, teamwork, and communication through the use of spaceflight. Mankind’s journey into space serves as an ideal launchpad to excite students of all ages about STEM and working to fulfill their dreams and ambitions. Higher Orbits uses a variety of programs and partnerships with other organizations to achieve these goals. To learn more visit


About Astronaut (Retired) Jerry Ross

A veteran of seven space flights, Ross has more than 1,393 hours in space, including 58 hours and 18 minutes of EVA on nine spacewalks. He was the first human to be launched into space seven times. These seven flights comprise a world record that Ross now shares with one other NASA astronaut. Both his number of spacewalks and time on spacewalks are all time second highest among NASA astronauts. Learn more at


About LTV Studios

Local TV, Inc. operates public-access television for the town of East Hampton, and hosts a variety of public, political and theatrical events in its state-of-the-art studios located in Wainscott, NY.

About uniphi good, LLC

uniphi good, LLC is an East Hampton, NY based talent management and marketing company, parent company to uniphi space agency and founders of The East End Music & Arts Festival. uniphis philosophy is based on an ideal of selfless (u), universal (ni), philanthropy (phi), and the premise that if (even if for selfish reasons) each individual’s actions were based on an idea to help only others, the amount of goodwill and support that would inherently benefit each one of us would be far greater as a whole. once applied globally, through a network of like-minded collaborations, we believe good things will come together and ultimately create a peaceful, abundant world for all. #allgoodisgood | www, | Twitter @uniphigood. | Instagram @uniphigood


About uniphi space agency

uniphi space agency, a division of uniphi good LLC, is honored to be the exclusive management agency for a diverse range of former Astronauts. Their stories and experiences lend to some of the world’s most compelling book projects, speaking engagements, and collaborations. Subjects include STEM/STEAM topics, innovation, motivation, technology, perseverance, education, engineering, safety, adventure, risk, strategy, “anything is possible”, and lessons from space as related to here on Earth. The sky is limitless. There are infinite possibilities for everyone to follow their dreams! Our goal is to help celebrate and share the stories and experiences of our Astronaut clients by differentiating between each individual’s specific experience and point of view, aligned with key strategic opportunities, to help motivate and inspire future generations of Astronauts to come! #WeBelieveInAstronauts | | Twitter @uniphispaceage | Instagram @uniphigood


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