Kirtland AFB & UNM form space war pipeline deep into NM schools

Press Release

Office of Public Affairs, 377th Air Base Wing, 2000 Wyoming Blvd. S.E.,
Ste. A-1, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico 87117-5606, (505) 846-5991,
DSN 246-5991

E-Mail Address: <>

October 19, 2009

Release #09-44

AFRL La Luz Academy students launch rockets

RIO RANCHO, N.M. ­ Students from 26 New Mexico schools will launch 60 rockets on October 20, 21 and 22 here as a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory La Luz Academy’s DoD STARBASE® Flight for 6th-graders. Rockets will be assembled and prepared for liftoff at 9 a.m. and will be launched in waves of three at the Albuquerque Rocket Society’s launch site on 45th Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets in Rio Rancho at about 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., with all liftoffs completed by 1:30 p.m.

There will be 15 launches the first day, 24 the next and 21 during the final session. The rockets have four-inch diameters, are approximately six feet long, and can reach an estimated altitude of 2,000 feet.

As part of the Academy’s DoD STARBASE® Flight, the students have spent the past couple of months building their rockets, and then using modeling and simulation software to estimate their rocket’s performance. They then can compare the anticipated rocket flight paths with the data collected from the actual launches.

The AFRL La Luz Academy, located at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., is part of the Laboratory’s Directed Energy and Space Vehicles Directorates¹ education outreach efforts for students in the state from 5th through 12th grades. The different programs or “flights,” including the fifth-grade Mars Mission Flight, the sixth-grade DoD STARBASE® Flight, the seventh-grade Providing Engineering and Technology Experiences for Students Phillips Research Site Flight, the eighth-grade Intro to Systems Engineering Flight and the Students Planning And Conducting Engineering for high school participants, are designed to get youth interested in math and the sciences.

Schools involved in the rocket launches include Adobe Acres Elementary School, Berino Elementary School, Bernalillo Middle School, Bosque School, Christ Lutheran School, Cottonwood Valley Charter School, Cleveland, Eagle Ridge Middle School, Ernie Pyle Middle School, Holy Child School, Jimmy Carter Middle School, La Merced Elementary School, Madison Middle School, Magdalena Middle School, Menaul School, Mesa View Elementary School, Our Lady of the Annunciation School,  Our Lady of Fatima School, Peralta Elementary School, Queen of Heaven School, Saint Therese School, Sandia Base Elementary School, San Felipe Pueblo School, South Mountain Elementary School, Truman Middle School, Van Buren Middle School and several home-school families.

To confirm whether the launches for that day are a “go” or a “scrub” (dependent upon the weather), please call the AFRL La Luz Academy Rocket Launch Hotline, 401-5456.


About elloborojo

Okay, as the subtitle states, this is a notebook from what I call a New Mexico diaspora (look up diaspora if you are asking). I was a former resident of New Mexico, now living elsewhere, but New Mexico is still my homeland. To get more in touch with your homeland one must be away from it. This is my attempt to understand it. I was a former anti-militarism activist in the Albuquerque area. Still believe that United Snakes militarism is the greatest threat to the world, as do the majority of the worlds population. Uncovered much information about the ties in New Mexico, but never processed it all. This blog is an attempt to do that. Also hope it may come of use to others with similar interests.
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