Mission Bravo Oscar – 1 Day Mission Simulation

Grades 5-8 | 9-11 (45 min) Classes

Topics Covered

Interdisciplinary Mission – Teams: HR, Program Managers, Chemists, etc.

Essential Question

How can we work together to complete a team rocket launch?



This one-day activity will simulate the design and launch of a real Blue Origin mission, in which a team of professionals must work together to be successful. Students collaborate with their team to tackle problems and work together for the final rocket launch. Teams are responsible for sharing their final products and results.

Mission Setting

Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket is a vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing, crew-rated suborbital launch vehicle that is being developed as a commercial system for suborbital space tourism. For Mission Bravo Oscar, Blue Origin is switching propulsion systems from liquid to solid propellant. Students must work together to determine which engine size is the best choice while considering altitude, velocity, acceleration, and the type of payload that will be launched.

The mission is complete when the following criteria are met:

  • Appropriate personnel are identified, hired, and work effectively together.
  • A New Shepard rocket is safely built, transported, launched, and recovered after testing 2 – 3 engine types in an appropriate time frame.
  • Team gives a recommendation for best engine size based on the testing they completed.




Each Student Needs:

  • Student Mission Packet

Each Group Needs:



MS-ETS 1-2

Evaluate competing design solutions based on jointly developed and agreed-upon design criteria using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

MS-ETS 1-3

Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.




Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.


Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.


Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening



Represent and interpret data.

Data Literacy Objectives

  • Identify different types of data (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Create data visualizations
  • Identify patterns in data

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