NNU students at watch party disappointed but optimistic after rocket launch delay

Posted at 8:13 AM, Nov 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-14 10:13:41-05

Students from the Northwest Nazarene Space Development team gathered early this morning in hopes of witnessing history, instead, they'll have to wait another day.

They attended a watch party at the Thomas Family Health and Science Center on the NNU campus for the expected launch of a rocket with Idaho's first ever satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.  That satellite was created by a team of students and professors from NNU.  It will test plastics to find the best kind for future use with 3D printers on board the International Space Station. 

That launch was postponed just four minutes before it was supposed to take place after an alarm went off while crews were preparing for launch.  That launch is now set for Wednesday morning at 2:47 Mountain time. 

Students we spoke with this morning were disappointed things didn't as planned, but were optimistic about tomorrow's launch. 

"Although I am new to the project, it does mean a lot to me. I've had a lot of fun working with this team and I'm sure it means a lot more to the people down in California that have been on this project for years and to see this is unfortunate, but we're hopeful to see it launch and just get it up in space. We need to get this thing up there," said NNU freshman Benjamin Campbell. 

Students will get together again on campus to watch tomorrow's launch.