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Applications Open For Free Ride To Space

Atlas V ready for launch. Photo: United Launch Alliance.
Atlas V ready for launch. Photo: United Launch Alliance.

Applications are now open for U.S. college experiments to hitch a free ride to space.

CubeSats are tiny, self-contained experiments about the size of a tissue box that are launched into space. They hitch rides on rockets that are already sending a larger payload to orbit.

United Launch Alliance is giving some experiments from colleges a free ride on the Atlas V rocket. The competition is open to any accredited university, but they’re encouraged to reach out to K-12 students to help with the CubeSat.

So far, ULA launched 55 CubeSats, with a 100-percent success rate.

Applications are due by June 1st. Winners will be announced this summer.

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."