BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS, UT -- August 2-3, 2019 -- BYU Engineering Student and Coltrin & Associates intern, Alexa Lindberg, participated in the Utah Rock Club's 24th
annual Hellfire launch at Bonneville Salt Flats. She spent about 75 hours on building this, her first rocket, and the event was her first certification launch.
Wanting to be an astronaut for as long as she can remember, her journey to turn this dream into a reality officially began when she started working with the NASA-sponsored High School Aerospace Scholar program back in 2016 while a student at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio. She worked with a group of other students her age, guided by professional mentors and a small team of NASA engineers. By the end of the program, they had come up with a proposal for a mission to Mars.
As a presidency member of the BYU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, she is part of a growing trend of women entering the field of engineering.
The successful launch and flight of Alexa's rocket on Saturday has certified her to participate in high-power rocketry with even larger motors.
See related Deseret News article about Alexa and the event.
"Whether I end up on Mars or not, I’m going to be proud of any contribution I can make to our future, small or large.”