All the pilot cycle students with the NAROM rocket

New Fly a Rocket! opportunity for students

20/08/2018 14403 views 35 likes
ESA / Education / Fly A Rocket!

Fly a Rocket! is back! After a successful pilot cycle in 2016/2017 the ESA Education office is now searching for 24 new, enthusiastic, future space scientists/engineers to participate in the next cycle of this exciting programme!

The Fly a Rocket! programme is a hands-on programme which will give the lucky selected candidates a chance to learn more about space science and technology, and to launch their very own student rocket from the Andoya Space Center in Northern Norway!

The programme is offered under an agreement between the ESA Education office, the Norwegian Center for Space-related Education (NAROM), and the Norwegian Space Center (Norsk Romsenter). 

Throughout winter 2018 the selected candidates will participate in an online course to inform and prepare them for a rocket campaign at the Space centre scheduled for April 2019. During the campaign the participants will build, verify and launch their own rocket, as well as attending several lectures and tours and learning more about European and Norwegian efforts in space.

During the launch participations will be at all ‘stations’ including the ‘block-house’ and in the operations tower – giving the final ‘GO’ for launch! 

Building the rocket payload
Building the rocket payload

The unique opportunity is aimed at bachelors level students early in their studies and will give them an introduction into space science and technology, with an aim to ‘fill the gap’ between Secondary school activities, such as CANSats, and more advanced programmes such as REXUS/BEXUS. It’s hoped that participation in this programme will elevate participants understanding and appreciation for the space industry and encourage them to pursue further opportunities within their studies or careers related to space.

While an understanding of some higher-level mathematics is required, candidates need not necessarily be from an aerospace background. However they should show, and demonstrate a strong interest in the space industry, space science or technology. 

Applications are judged on the relevance of the programme to their education and ambitions, proposals for promotional activities relating to the programme and/or ‘space’, and a proposal for a hypothetical sounding rocket payload.

Applications are open until the 26th of October 2018 23:59CET

To apply, read more information on our website and fill in the application form

For more information, applicants can contact flyarocket @

Successful applicants will have all costs (i.e. travel, accommodation, participation in the campaign) covered by the organisers. Travel costs will be reimbursed in accordance with the ESA Education sponsorship criteria.