As part of its support of Questacon’s digital broadcast studio, Raytheon Australia has teamed up with Questacon and NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) in Houston, Texas to develop the Questacon Mission Astronautica project.
Mission Astronautica was launched on 1 August 2013 and aims to inspire students with maths and science using NASA’s experience in training astronauts in a neutrally buoyant environment of NBL's enormous pool, which is operated by Raytheon. For the project’s launch, Questacon utilised its Schmidt Digital Studio to connect 150 students from locations across Australia with NASA astronaut, Clay Anderson, at the NBL via video conferencing facilities.
The project focuses on the underwater training of astronauts at the NBL and challenges students to build their own neutrally buoyant objects. Along the way, students are able to seek the advice of NASA and Raytheon engineers as they carry out their projects.
Mission Astronautica is the latest phase of Raytheon's partnership with Questacon and is a practical demonstration of how Raytheon Australia is playing its part to inspire the next generation of Australian scientists and engineers.