Jul 28, 2012 8:17 PM by Lacey Steele

Largest rocket in Colorado history launches and flies high

It's the biggest of it's kind to launch in Colorado, and it went up with applause from thousands Saturday.

We got to watch the take off at a rocket event hosted by the Southern Colorado Rocketeers.

Thousands watch as rockets launch one after another.

While some are small, others are much larger, but the one everyone was waiting for is called the "Future."

"We will be launching very shortly. Please stand by."

That announcement had everyone on the edge of their seat.

This rocket stands 25 feet tall and was built by interns at United Launch Alliance and Ball Aerospace.

"It's all volunteer, and we work on the rocket basically Monday through Thursday for ten weeks," said Amanda Kuker, a United Launch Alliance intern.

"3, 2, 1. Launch!"

It can travel up to 9,000 feet.

"It's a great feeling knowing that you had a part in that and seeing it get off the ground and the parachutes deploy, it's just a great feeling," said Kuker.

Attached to each rocket can be one or several payloads, and each has a duty.

"It's going to perform some sort of mission," said Jason Unwin, Southern Colorado Rocketeers President. "For example, it could be a camera. It could be a mass to carry it to a certain altitude in a competition."

Along with Future, kids and rocket clubs were able to shoot smaller rockets.

Those with the Southern Colorado Rocketeers say it's great education.

"Right now, NASA is flying on Russian rockets," said Unwin. "We don't have a manned rocket. First time since the Apollo days, so we need engineers like the ones that work at United Launch Alliance, like the ones that work at Ball Aerospace."

They continue to teach while having some fun.

The Southern Colorado Rocketeers fly twice a month.

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