There’s nothing quite like hearing a rocket fly.
Whether it’s the deafening roar of an orbital launch, or the crisp echo of your own rocket,
piercing the sky is a magical thing to experience. You can feel it, like music. You can hear the air dance along the body of the rocket. The plume it leaves behind is like a record, etched into the sky.
At Hot Nozzle Society, rocketry is art and flight is expression. It’s an expression of tenacity,
creativity, curiosity, and experience. It’s a place where math, science, technology, the skill of
engineering, compassion and stewardship are used like musical instruments, creating a
beautiful composition, booming with life.
We’d like to share that.
We recognize that historically, the field of aerospace has been a hostile environment for
marginalized communities. Especially for the Black community. Barriers to entry present
unnecessary challenges that, left unchecked, become systemic issues. Rocketry and other
high-tech disciplines are often plagued with these barriers. Knowledge is difficult to come by if you aren’t connected with others in the field, components can be expensive, and finding a place to belong & be supported can seem like a pipe dream. But that’s what we’re all about. Hot Nozzle Society stands on the idea that providing experience, mentorship, resources, and a loving, supportive community can have a profound impact on an individual’s experience.
As we kick off our blog here, we’d like to share some resources we’ve identified to better sup
port the Black community and to extend a hand in invitation to experience the wonder that is
High Powered Rocketry.
●National Society of Black Engineers (NBSE)— With more than 600 chapters
and more than 24,000 active members, the NSBE is one of the largest
student-governed organizations based in the U.S.
●Black Girls Do STEM— Black Girls Do STEM Day Program is for
middle-school-aged Black girls (grades 6–8) to explore various STEM careers
across multiple industries.
●National College Resources Foundation— The National College Resources
Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit educational enhancement organization. Their
mission is to curtail the high school dropout rate and increase degree and/or
certificate enrollment among underserved, underrepresented, at risk, low
resource, homeless and foster students. They hope to close the gap in
educational achievement, workforce and economic disparities with the goal to
end racism and racial inequality through education.
●Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)— BEAM is a national
training, movement building, and grant making institution that is dedicated to the
healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities. Their mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to
or staying connected with emotional health care and healing through education,
training, advocacy, and the creative arts.
●Patti Grace Smith Fellowship— The Patti Grace Smith Fellowship opportunity
provides a meaningful, effective pathway into successful aerospace careers for
Black Undergrads and future aerospace industry leadership, whose race and
ethnicity has made them the subject of systemic bias, through jobs, mentorship,
●Zed Factor Fellowship— The Zed Factor Fellowship empowers aspiring space
and aviation professionals from historically excluded backgrounds and all majors
through hands-on, practical work experiences at industry-leading companies.
It’s time to stop making the music harder to hear.
It's time to stop making the music harder to hear.