Rocket launches return to Stonewall May 12-14
After limiting public access to the SystemsGo rocket launches the past two years, organizers are again inviting the public back to cheer on students from 19 Texas high schools launch 50 rockets they designed and built, happening May 12-14 on the Segner Ranch near Stonewall.
Rockets 2022 is the culminating event for the SystemsGo program, in which high school students design, build, and launch rockets designed to loft a one-pound payload one mile high, or exceed the speed of sound. The program was developed by Brett Williamson at Fredericksburg High School and is now active in three states with five launch sites.
There is no fixed launch schedule. Rockets will go up during all daylight hours, in the order they are certified prepared for launch and recovery.
Plans are to admit the public to all launch sites. Everyone will be required to register in advance and sign a waiver acknowledging that they are entering a test site on undeveloped ranch land with launching of student-built sounding rockets. Limited facilities and amenities will be available, and traffic access will be controlled to accommodate launch and recovery. Weather contingency day is the day immediately following the last scheduled launch day.
Directions, dates, times, participating schools, ticket links, and livestream access are all available at systemsgo.org.
In the summer, select teams attempt to launch a rocket up to 80,000 feet from White Sands Missile Range.