UVA to build NASA craft

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A team from the University of Virginia is one of 10 chosen by NASA to design, build and fly a science experiment aboard a suborbital flight vehicle.

The university says the Spacecraft and Design Team from its School of Engineering and Applied Science is the only team chosen from Virginia for the flight.

The team will fly its experiment on a NASA high-altitude balloon platform floated 23 miles into the stratosphere next September in New Mexico. The payload will be exposed to space-like conditions and allow the collection of data that will be used by NASA researchers to validate computer models for predicting radiation produced by cosmic rays.

Meanwhile, the 10 college teams selected will be working with NASA researchers to prepare for their flights.