2020 Workshop Information


During the RockOn workshop, teams will learn through hands-on activities, how to build a sounding rocket payload or RocketSat. Teams of 3 will build their rocket payload from a kit in three days and launch it on sounding rocket to ~73 miles on the sixth day. The hardware in the kit could be used on future RocketSat and possibly CubeSat flights. Wallops will be providing the rocket and launch operations for the workshop. Wallops will also provide a tour and briefings on sounding rocket environments for future flights. We will also present their concept for standardized flight opportunities for future experiments called RockSat-C and RockSat-X.  This workshop is not about building rockets. It is about learning to build sounding rocket payloads. This workshop is organized by the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortium. RockOn is funded by you, the participant, and NASA Education. A significant amount of cost sharing from Wallops and the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant programs also make RockOn possible.

The RockOn 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 workshops were a huge success. Since the first workshop in 2008, 702 faculty and students from 43 states plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico have attended and formed 198 teams. All payloads were completed in time allotted. All payloads were launched and recovered. 211 out of 226 payloads worked. The RockOn 2020 rocket will be a Terrier-Improved Orion. RockOn 2020 will also be the 8th year using a new microcontroller system based on the Arduino platform. If you have any questions please contact Chris Koehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 303-492-4750.


This Page was last updated October 7, 2019.

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