"Future" a 25-foot rocket makes its way into space from a southern Colorado launch pad, July 27. Several student payloads including cameras and atmospheric recording devices will deliver data to a team of student interns.
Students in United Launch Alliance’s summer internship program join mentors as well as others from the local aerospace community for a close-up look at an Atlas IV rocket during an open house held in Centennial. The 10-foot rocket was launched, along with its student-built payload, July 27 in Pueblo.
An old launch panel dating back to the Cold War was repurposed by students participating in United Launch Alliance’s summer internship program. Once used to potentially launch ICBMs in the 1960s, the clunky box now launches student-built rockets carrying educational payloads.
Mentors, partners and other enthusiasts were invited to autograph the tail of “Future” with handprints and signatures. Future is a 25-foot, two-stage rocket built by United Launch Alliance interns in five states. Headquartered in Centennial, ULA’s summer internship program prepares college students for entry-level full-time opportunities in the aerospace industry.
Corey McNellis was a two-time Colorado wrestling champion at Ponderosa. His older brother Chris was the Mustangs' first-ever state champ.