Dropped Out of College to …

Meet Operation Space, a team of college students from different schools around the country who are working together to launch a rocket into space. They spent an entire year designing a rocket, working remotely over Slack and Google Hangouts, engineering and building all the parts on their own.

Earlier this year, the Operation Space team finally met-up in real life at Spaceport America, located in a distant town named Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, to build and launch their two-stage rocket into space. Besides getting the rocket to actually launch, Operation Space has a goal of crossing the Karman line, generally accepted as the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space.

VICE met up with Operation Space to learn about how a bunch of college students built a rocket with no faculty advisors, official funding, or any actual rocket scientists.

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