Aerojet Rocketdyne, the company that produced the RS-25 (SSME) that powered the space shuttle, has been taking a slightly smaller step, in the form of their own engineers mentoring students whom plan to compete in this years Experimental Sounding Rocket Association Intercollegiate competition. The compeition requires student teams to launch their own rocket (any propulsion source) with a 10lb payload to specific altitudes between 10,000 to 23,000ft. The students have been carrying out testing of a liquid oxygen/ethanol rocket engine.
“Engineers at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s facility in Redmond, Washington, have been mentoring Nikola Tesla STEM High School students as they prepare to participate in the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ERSA) Intercollegiate Competition in June 2016. On Jan. 31, students and mentors conducted the second hot-fire test series for their liquid oxygen/ethanol rocket engine, which will power their rocket at the ERSA competition. The Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation is a proud sponsor of the Tesla team.”