STARBASE Los Alamitos rocket team ready for national finals

May 11, 2022


LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. – In May 2019, the STARBASE Los Alamitos youth rocketry team walked off a 380-acre field in Virginia with some experience under their belt and a chip on their shoulder.

They vowed to return to the place where they finished 52nd out of 100 teams in the American Rocketry Challenge National Finals, narrowly missing an afternoon fly-off between the 50 best middle and high school rocketry teams in the country.

Three school years and a global pandemic later, the

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STEM summer camp inspires kids to be engineers

It’s an important day for students at a summer camp called Project Payload.

“Today’s the big day of the launch, so we’ve been preparing for this, and the day is finally here,” Anne Areta, Project Payload coordinator.

“So, our girls are going to design their payload, attach it to a parachute line… and inflate a balloon that’s about 16 feet wide when it’s completely inflated,” said Areta.

The STEM camp, with supervision by USC Viterbi School of Engineering, is rooted in aerospace engineering.

STARBASE Los Alamitos earn innovation award at American Rocketry Challenge

May 18, 2022


THE PLAINS, Va. – A modular carbon fiber rocket designed by students from STARBASE Los Alamitos was recognized Saturday as the most innovative project flown during the 2022 American Rocketry Challenge National Finals at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia.

The students, ages 14-17, left the east coast Monday and headed back to the STARBASE campus on Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, carrying Raytheon's Most Innovative Approach to Mission Award along with a $500 cash pri

Two First Place Wins for Long Beach Rocketry

CSULB’s Long Beach Rocketry team took two top honors in this year’s NASA Student Launch Competition, beating out competitors from schools and universities across the country in the Project Review and Best-Looking Rocket categories.

The 34-member student team, led by advisor Dr. Praveen Shankar, battled record low funding and a host of Covid restrictions that made it difficult to meet in person to collaborate and manufacture and assemble the rocket parts.

“It has been completely surreal to plac