West Point Cadets Claim First Place in Two Award Categories at 2023 NASA Student Launch Competition

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Every goal, every mission, every meaningful act starts with our feet firmly planted on the ground. Then we look up into the infinite and tell ourselves we’ll figure out ways to fly. The U.S. Military Academy Army Rocketry and Engineering Sciences team proved that as they secured a first-place victory in two award categories during the virtual 2023 NASA Student Launch Ceremony on June 6.  

The team took first place beating Navy once again for the Service Academy award, which is awarded to the top-performing team from one of the U.S. Service Academies. Additionally, each year the most exceptional team competing in the competition for the first time at the collegiate level is presented with the Rookie Award, which USMA ARES also won. 

 The ARES team used their ingenuity and knowledge of rocketry during the NASA Student Launch Competition on April 15 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center as the team faced other competitors, launching high-powered amateur rockets up to an altitude of 3,500 and 6,000 feet with scientific payloads attached.

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