NC Space Grant: Bringing NASA to North Carolina

Graduating Students

The NC Space Grant is a consortium of academic institutions that have gathered together to promote, develop, and support aeronautics and space-related science, engineering, and technology education and training in North Carolina. Partnering with NASA, industry, non-profit organizations, and state government agencies, NC Space Grant conducts programs that are designed to equip the current and future aero/space workforce in North Carolina.1





NC Space Grant Community College High Altitude Balloon Team

Competition Awards

Posted May 9, 2017

On April 8, 2017 six teams competed in the 3rd annual NC Space Grant Community College High Altitude Balloon Team Challenge and Competition at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC.  Participating teams represented Catawba Valley Community College, Southwestern Community College, Edgecombe Community College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Pitt Community College and Durham Tech Community College. All teams successfully launched and all payloads have been recovered (with the last payload recovered by a good samaritan several weeks post launch)!

Awards were recently announced for the following categories:

Best Flight Readiness Briefing:  Edgecombe Community College

Best Payload: Edgecombe Community College (Polymer experiment in collaboration with the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom; link to international press release)

Best Team Work: Catawba Valley Community College

Highest Recorded Altitude: Rowan–Cabarrus Community College (100,351 foot data point)

Best Picture/Video: Southwestern Community Colleg

Best Overall Team: Edgecombe Community College (aka CritECCly Stable)




North Carolina Space Grant is a NASA
sponosored program administered by
North Carolina State University.