UAH takes home top honors in rocket competition

For eight rocket teams from seven Southeastern universities, months of work culminated in high-flying excitement as their rockets lifted off in April and May as part of the NASA University Student Launch Initiative, hosted by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

A team from University of Alabama in Huntsville took home top honors in the competition, which encourages college students to tap their science, technology, engineering and mathematics knowledge to design and build their own rockets, complete with a science payload. As the competition's winner, the UAH team will have the opportunity - sponsored by NASA and ATK Launch Systems - to see a space shuttle launch.

The Boeing Company also served as a major sponsor of the Student Launch Initiative. The initiative provided all teams with a unique opportunity to gain practical experience in scientific research and in aerospace and engineering activities. Other participating teams were from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville; Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.; Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.; Harding University in Searcy, Ark.; two teams from Mississippi State University in Starkville; and Vanderbilt University in Nashville.