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September 17, 1992 (Phone: 202/453-8400) Keith Kohler Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. (Phone: 804/824-1579) RELEASE: 92-152 FIRST STUDENT-BUILT ROCKET PAYLOAD SET FOR LAUNCH MONDAY The first sounding rocket payload managed and built by students is scheduled for launch on a NASA Orion launch vehicle, Monday, Sept. 21, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. Using surplus and donated equipment, the students will measure ozone density in the atmosphere above Wallops Island. Their data will be analyzed and compared with data gathered by NASA's Earth Radiation Budget Satellite. The pilot project, known as the Colorado Student Ozone Atmospheric Rocket (CSOAR), was developed to demonstrate the use of sounding rocket flight as a valuable educational tool for undergraduate and graduate students. This joint venture between NASA and the Space Grant Consortiums in Colorado and Virginia provides students hands-on experience in learning the basics of sounding rocket and science instrumentation, as well as learning about atmospheric ozone. More than 50 graduate and undergraduate students from six participating Colorado colleges and universities have developed the CSOAR payload over the past 2 years. Virginia students are

providing post-flight data comparison and public affairs support. NASA Wallops Flight Facility is providing engineering advisors, an Orion launch vehicle, payload recovery system and operational launch support. - more -2The science instruments on the 140-pound (63 kg) CSOAR payload will begin taking data at about 15 miles (25 km) and will continue until the rocket reaches its highest altitude of 37 miles (60 km). The payload will descend by parachute and be recovered in the Atlantic Ocean off the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The total flight time is less than 30 minutes. The participating Colorado universities are the University of Colorado at Boulder; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Fort Lewis College, Durango; Mesa State College, Grand Junction; Colorado State University, Fort Collins; and University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo. The Virginia universities participating in the CSOAR project are Old Dominion University, Norfolk, and Hampton University, Hampton. The CSOAR launch is supported by the NASA Sounding Rocket program, which is managed at Wallops for NASA's Office of Space Science and Applications, Washington, D.C. The NASA program consists of approximately 30 sounding rockets launched each year from various worldwide locations. - end -

Note to Editors: Members of the media are invited to cover the launch of the Colorado Student Ozone Atmospheric Rocket (CSOAR), currently scheduled for 12:30 p.m., Monday, Sept 21, from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Because of the variable nature of sounding rocket launches, the date and time are subject to change. A CSOAR status recording is available on (804) 824-2050. Media wishing to attend the launch should contact the Wallops Public Affairs Office at (804) 824-1579 or 824-1584.

There will be a briefing at 11:15 a.m. the day of the launch at the Wallops' NASA Visitor Center. A CSOAR team member will profile the mission and supply additional background information. Media will leave 45-minutes prior to launch from the Visitor Center to the media viewing area. A post-launch briefing will be held at the Visitor Center 1 hour after the launch. NASA representatives and students working on the CSOAR project will give a status report and the students will be available for one-on-one interviews at that time.