The RockOn workshop is designed to be the next step beyond the Boulder BalloonSat and Ballooning Workshops. The RockOn workshop will be similar in concept to the the Boulder workshops in that teams will learn through hands-on activities, how to build a sounding rocket payload or RocketSat.
Teams of 3 will build their RocketSat from a kit in four days and launch it on sounding rocket to ~73 miles on the sixth day. The hardware in the kit will be able to be used on future RocketSat and possibly CubeSat flights. Wallops will be providing the rocket and launch operations of the workshop. Wallops will also provide a tour and briefings on sounding rocket environments for future flights. We will also present their concept for standardized flight opportunities for future experiments. This workshop is not about building or learning to build rockets. It is about building and learning to build sounding rocket payloads. This workshop is being organized by the Colorado and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. RockOn is being significantly funded by a grant from NASA Education and significant cost sharing from Wallops and the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant programs.
The RockOn 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 workshops were a huge success. 150 faculty and students from across the country attended and formed 50 teams. All payloads were completed in time allotted. All payloads were launched and recovered. All 48 out 50 payloads worked. The RockOn 2012 rocket will be a two stage Terrier-Orion. An extra half day was added to the workshop this year and in 2009 based on lessons learned from the workshop in 2008. If you have any questions please contact Chris Koehler at or by phone at 303-492-3141.