From an impressive 493 applicants last time, 24 was selected to travel to Andøya Space Center for this once in a lifetime oppurtunity. The first Fly a Rocket! was named Volare-1 to honour the italian ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, which gave the following greeting to the students:
«Please tell the students for me that I’m proud of their dreams and achievements, and I’m looking forward to what they will accomplish in their life. I’m thankful for their choice of naming their rocket Volare-1: it’s truly a perch name.»
A hands-on programme for students
The Fly a Rocket! programme is a hands-on programme which will give the lucky selected candidates a chance to learn more about space science and technology, and to launch their very own student rocket from the Andøya Space Center in Northern Norway!
The programme is offered under an agreement between the ESA Education office, the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education (NAROM), and the Norwegian Space Centre (Norsk Romsenter).
Take an active role during launch
Throughout winter 2018 the selected candidates will participate in an online course to inform and prepare them for a rocket campaign at Andøya Space Center scheduled for April 2019. During the campaign the participants will build, verify and launch their own rocket, as well attending several lectures and tours and learning more about European and Norwegian efforts in space.
During the launch participations will be at all ‘stations’ including the ‘block-house’ and in the operations tower – giving the final ‘GO’ for launch!
Applications are open until the 26th of October 2018.