NASA’s Venture Class Launch Service inspires us to dream bigger than ever before with the help from The DAVE School.
“The Venture Class Launch Service is NASA’s way to use small dedicated rockets to launch small but highly capable satellites into Low Earth Orbit. Venture Class is a project being run out of Kennedy Space Center by NASA’s Launch Services Program (NASA’s LSP). These are the same people who launch ALL of NASA’s earth and science missions, telescopes, rovers, NOAA’s weather satellites, and all un-crewed missions,” says Justin Treptow, ELaNa-19 Mission Manager being launched by VCLS. “This is a ‘venture’ into a new type of rocket that’s less expensive per launch, launched more frequently, and specifically focused on smaller satellites less than 300 kg or a compliment of CubeSats launched in groups.”
“Justin and his colleagues from the NASA LSP contacted The DAVE School about the opportunity to work on an inspirational and informative video about the Venture Class Launch Service. Being the technology nerds that we are, we couldn’t resist the chance to help tell their story, and quickly arranged for our students to take part in this production,”
“It’s not every day that NASA calls you up and asks if you can help launch a rocket. In this case they asked us to help create a video to promote their new Venture Class Launch Service and they wanted students to work on it,” says Instructor and Director Matt Killian. “Logically we said ‘yes.’ We started from the ground up, creating an original concept that features not one rocket, but ten of them, all to be modeled and animated by the students in our portfolio production class at The DAVE School. When things get tough I can’t help but remind the students, ‘it’s not rocket science,’ with a little wink.”
Killian foresees this project will benefit the DAVE School students in many ways. “The portfolio production class is one of several things that makes The DAVE School stand out from other schools. Commonly referred to as production simulation, this class is only a simulation because it’s a safe place to make mistakes. Everything else is real. Everything the students are doing on this project prepares them for what to expect on the job,” says Killian. “Our graduates leave not only with practical training, but they also leave with a demo reel and their first real production credit. This class gets to walk away with a credit from NASA on their resumes. It’s really pretty cool“.
“All aspects of the project were managed skillfully. From the initial project pitch and throughout every stage, we were extremely satisfied with the staff, instructors, and students. Of note were the clear creative direction, excellent two-way communication, as well as a clearly demonstrated high degree of professionalism and polished final production. Overall, working with The DAVE School was phenomenal,”