Fly a Rocket! programme launches a new cycle


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The ESA Instruction Place of work, in partnership with the Norwegian Center for Room-relevant Instruction (NAROM) and the Norwegian Room Company, is joyful to announce that a new cycle for the Fly a Rocket! programme is now open up for applications.

The ESA Instruction Place of work is seeking for 24 future space engineers and experts to participate in the Fly a Rocket! programme. The Fly a Rocket! programme offers a unique prospect for bachelor learners to discover about the physics, science and operations guiding a rocket launch. It combines theoretical program perform carried out on the internet, with a fingers-on launch campaign for a sounding rocket – a rocket made to have scientific experiments and sensors on a sub-orbital flight – from the Andøya Room Center in northern Norway.

The programme is made available below an settlement between the ESA Instruction business, the Norwegian Center for Room-relevant Instruction (NAROM), and the Norwegian Room Company (Norsk Romsenter). 

The phone for applications is now open up until the 26th of October 2020 23:59CET

Participants of the 2019 Fly a Rocket launch campaign

From November 2020 to February 2021, the chosen candidates will consider section in an on the internet program wherever they have the prospect to discover the necessary theoretical background for the rocket campaign – both from an engineering and scientific perspectives. Subjects included consist of rocket dynamics, orbital mechanics, atmospheric and aurora physics, soldering, and info examination, between some others. 

The launch campaign is planned to consider spot around March 2021*. The learners will travel to the Andøya Room Center, north of the Arctic Circle, wherever they will set their knowledge into action. In a week crammed with extra schooling and fingers-on perform, the participants will be break up into groups and will have the opportunity to perform on the NAROM telemetry station, the rocket’s payload part or a number of sensor experiments. They will develop, examination and lastly launch their possess sounding rocket. Throughout the campaign, learners will perform in shut collaboration with space marketplace industry experts from the Andøya Room Center and consider about normal duties of personnel associated in sounding rocket launch strategies.

Payload of the pupil rocket

The unique prospect is aimed at bachelors stage learners early in their scientific studies and will give them an introduction to space science and technologies, with an purpose to ‘fill the gap’ between Secondary university pursuits, this sort of as CANSats, and a lot more superior space-education and learning programmes this sort of as REXUS/BEXUS. Participation in this programme will elevate participants’ comprehension and appreciation for the space marketplace and encourage them to pursue even more chances within their scientific studies or occupations relevant to space.

Even though an comprehension of some larger-stage arithmetic is essential, candidates want not necessarily be from an aerospace background. Nevertheless, they ought to exhibit a strong fascination in the space marketplace, space science or technologies. 

Apps are judged on the candidate’s motivation and the relevance of the Fly a Rocket! programme to their education and learning and ambitions. The candidate’s proposal of marketing pursuits relating to the programme and/or ‘space’, as very well as a suggested hypothetical sounding rocket payload, are also taken into thing to consider in the range.

Pupils for the duration of countdown at the 2019 Fly a Rocket! launch campaign

To utilize, examine a lot more information and facts on our website, check out if you fulfil our eligibility standards and fill in the application form.

Prosperous applicants will have the expenditures for travel (up to a ceiling), lodging, and participation in the campaign included by the organisers.

For a lot more information and facts, applicants can get in touch with flyarocket @

*The programme companions are monitoring the growth of the COVID scenario, in buy to make certain the launch campaign can be conducted securely. We reserve the suitable to postpone or terminate the campaign, if the COVID scenario does not allow to go ahead.