Local physics students selected for NASA test rocket readiness ahead of Blue Origin launch – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

COCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – Some Miami-Dade students conducted a test before a future flight on a Blue Origin spacecraft.

A team of physics students from Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove was one of 57 people selected across the country in January for NASA’s first-ever TechRise Student Challenge.

On Friday afternoon, the students tested their experiments’ readiness to handle a microgravity environment by dropping them from the second floor of their school’s STEM center.

“For now, since it has never been tested before in space, we just hope to see if it will work or not,” said student Arjun Badwal.

NASA provided the funding for the students to work on these projects, as well as bi-weekly meetings with NASA scientists to help them refine their designs.

The goal is to have these projects ready for Blue Origin’s planned New Shepard rocket launch in 2023, when their designs will be tested in this suborbital environment for three minutes.

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