Union Grove students head to New Mexico missile range to launch rocket
Longview, TX — Fifteen Union Grove High School students are headed to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico at the end of this month to launch a rocket.
Union Grove ISD is one of nine school districts in the nation to participate in the Systems Go Goddard level rocketry program in which students build, design and launch their own rockets. The Goddard level is the highest of three levels in the rocketry program. The school is one of five to launch their rockets later this month in White Sands.
“This has been an awesome program for our students,” Superintendent Brian Gray said. “It’s been amazing to see what our students can do.”
In its fourth year of the program, the school has to date launched eight small rockets with plans to launch one large rocket at the missile range on July 29 or 30.
“This is their largest rocket so far,” Gray said about the nearly 20-foot-long rocket. “The first year they participated, they launched a rocket one mile in the air. The second year they launched a supersonic rocket that broke the speed of sound.”
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