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Team Operation Galaxy X!

Go For Launch! AIAA Middle School Division Winners (2016/2017)

Team Operation Galaxy X

From the Go For Launch! Herndon, VA 2017 Program, Operation Galaxy X team members are:

  • Desmen Boykin
  • Savar Shrivastava
  • Shashank Varma Nadimpalli
  • Steven Van Hulle

Operation Galaxy X’s winning experiment studies the reproduction and life cycle of mealworms in space. This experiment launched to the International Space Station aboard OA-8 the ninth flight of the Orbital ATK unmanned resupply spacecraft on November 11, 2017.


The experiment was successfully flown on station and the team is busy working to analyze the data!

Higher Orbits would also like to extend a special thanks to all AIAA as the sponsor of this Division!

I was impressed at the other experiments and how some of them came close to beating ours. One of my favorite activities was building the tower out of paper and tape. I was surprised when we won because there were many other teams that could have done better than us.

Steven Van Hulle, Team Operation Galaxy X

Go for Launch is a unique opportunity for students not only to learn about science in space but to actually participate in it!My son really enjoyed the classes, found them interesting and challenging, and was thrilled to work with real astronauts and representatives from NASA and the aerospace industry. I think Go for Launch is a fantastic program for inspiring young people’s interest in math, science, and engineering.

Daniel Van Hulle, Parent of Operation Galaxy X team member Steven Van Hulle

My experience at ‘Go for the Launch’ was amazing and it brought different people from different places to unite as one with great teamwork to win this competition. It thought us how to respect each other and work together in competitive environments. I am so happy I have such a great team, and thank ‘Go for the Launch’ team for giving us the opportunity to become a great team and making us shine!!! It’s a great adventure!!!

Shashank Varma Nadimpalli, Team Operation Galaxy X

AIAA Middle School Division

Experiments like these make it to space through your charitable contributions!

Higher Orbits is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math by bringing young people together with Astronauts and industry professionals to explore the exciting possibilities offered by space and space exploration!

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Higher Orbits Foundation PO Box 4092 Leesburg, VA 20177