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ILS Participates in Go For Launch!

It was an honor for ILS to support and be a sponsor at Go For Launch!, a three-day program mentoring high school students from January 14-16, 2017. The event, held at Orbital ATK in Dulles, Virginia, was organized by non-profit Higher Orbits.

ILS congratulates all of the talented and hard-working students who participated in the program. In the end, team STEM Power beat out eight other local groups to advance and compete with winners of other Go for Launch! events held around the country. The eventual winner will have their experiment launched to the International Space Station.

STEM Power wins Go For Launch! in Dulles, VA

ILS President Kirk Pysher and COO and Vice President John Palmé, judges at the event, were impressed by the experiments conducted by the student teams. “Congratulations team STEM Power! I learned from you,” stated Pysher.

Kirk Pysher and John Palme listen to student presentations

Higher Orbits founder and president Michelle Lucas was thrilled with the support. “Incredibly thankful for the Galaxy Sponsorship from ILS of this Go For Launch! event. Wonderful folks to work with and great STEM supporters.”

Retired Astronaut Frank Culbertson

Higher Orbits is a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), along with leadership, teamwork, and communication through the use of spaceflight.

The high school students learned from experts in the space industry, including former astronauts Frank Culbertson and Don Thomas, who each had four Space Shuttle missions. Students were also mentored by an astronaut instructor, International Space Station flight controller, scientists and engineers.

To learn more about Higher Orbits, visit:

Don Thomas

By Ron Sanchez, ILS Social Media Content Producer.

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