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UPDATE: Tarleton Aeronautical Team's launch postponed until Sunday
TSU Aeronautical Team Members of Tarleton's Aeronautical Team held a rocket signing party ahead of their departure to the NASA University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) competition in Alabama. The team also invited several university administrators, including President F. Dominic Dottavio (bottom photo), faculty and staff to sign the rocket ahead of the competition, which takes place Saturday, April 20.

Tarleton State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 19, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Officials with NASA's University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) announced today that the originally scheduled Saturday launches of student projects has been postponed.

Due to weather, the event has been pushed back one day to Sunday, April 21, with opening ceremonies set to begin at 7:30 a.m. at Bragg Farms near Toney, Ala. The event will be covered live on Ustream for those wanting to view the Tarleton students' launch online.

Fourteen members of the Tarleton Aeronautical Team departed for Alabama earlier this week for NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative where they will compete against 35 other university teams, including MIT, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.

Teams will launch sophisticated rockets of their own design and construction, complete with working science payloads, to a height of at least one mile into the skies over north Alabama.

“This all really started two years ago with the CANSAT (can satellite) competition, but the last nine months have been non-stop work on USLI,” said Dr. Bo Brawner, math professor and the team’s advisor. “This year’s list of competitors represents the elite schools in the country. I personally believe this kind of applied research and learning where our student’s match up against the best in the country showcases what Tarleton is all about.”

Tarleton Aeronautical Team members include Dustin Neighbors, Bert Nichols, Blake Lohn-Wiley, Jake Rhodes, Todd Byers, Jancie Bateman, Amber Dayhare, Billy Fournier, Taylor Hutyra, Jancie Bateman, Sawyer Baldridge, Jade Rodriguez and John Phillips.

NASA will provide live coverage of the event on the social Web service UStream, complete with embedded Twitter feed: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc. Launch enthusiasts also may keep up with real-time flight data—including how close each team comes to the goal altitude of one mile high—and post-launch awards show results via the direct Twitter feed at: https://twitter.com/SLI_1MILEHIGH.

The Academic Affairs Office, part of the Office of Human Capital at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages the rocketry challenge. ATK Aerospace Group of Magna, Utah, is providing corporate sponsorship. The National Association of Rocketry will provide technical review and launch support. Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala., has hosted the launch challenge since 2008.

Launches have been postponed and will now begin on Sunday, April 21, weather permitting, at 7:30 a.m. CDT. The awards ceremony will be held that evening at 6:30 p.m.

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Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Dr. Bo Brawner
254-968-9530
brawner@tarleton.edu

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TSU Aeronautical Team

Members of Tarleton's Aeronautical Team held a rocket signing party ahead of their departure to the NASA University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) competition in Alabama. The team also invited several university administrators, including President F. Dominic Dottavio (bottom photo), faculty and staff to sign the rocket ahead of the competition, which takes place Saturday, April 20.