Boeing Rocket Lab Blast Off at Taco Bell Discovery Science Center

First Exhibit in Iconic Orange County Cube


SANTA ANA, Calif., April 15, 2010 – Blast off with Discovery Science Center as we celebrate the opening of Boeing Rocket Lab – the first exhibit inside the cube!

It’s out of this world fun at Discovery Science Center’s new, permanent, exhibit, Boeing Rocket Lab, coming in for landing July 2, 2010. The new permanent exhibit includes the Blast Off Zone, Air and Water Rockets, Rocket Fuel and Nozzle Chamber exhibits.

“Boeing Rocket Lab is the first phase in the Space Exploration Gallery, a six-million dollar expansion project that will further Discovery Science Center’s mission of engaging guests science, technology, engineering and math principles through interactive, hands-on exhibits,” says Joe Adams, President, Discovery Science Center. “The cube is an icon of Discovery Science Center, and this amazing exhibit was the perfect choice to answer our most asked question, ‘what’s inside the cube?’ We are proud to partner with organizations like The Boeing Company, California Cultural and Historical Endowment and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in making every child’s dream of space exploration a reality.”

Blast Off Zone

Suspended high inside the cube is an actual RS-68 rocket engine developed by Rocketdyne in 1995. When guests initiate the blast-off sequence they will experience the sensation of what it’s like under the engine. Guests on the perimeter will be able to view the launch just like an actual launch. Permission was granted from the State Department and National Security to be able to display the engine.

Rocket Fuel Station

Learn about the chemistry behind different kinds of rocket fuels at the Rocket Fuel Station. Visitors discover why the RS-68 booster engine uses a mix of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen – and what happens when they combine.

Air and Water Rocket Launch

Interact with two types of model rockets: (1) compressed air rockets and (2) compressed air and water rockets. At the Air Rocket Launch the guest will walk up and hand pump air into their selected rocket. Once the launch button is activitated, the rockets (attached by guide cables) will soar up to 65′ into the air.

Prepare to get wet at the Water Rocket Launch when guests select the amount of water they want in their rocket. The air and water mixture determines the height of the launch. Watch your rocket soar – and don’t get wet!

The Boeing Rocket Lab was been made possible by The Boeing Company, California Cultural and Historical Endowment, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.

“Boeing is a long-time partner with Discovery Science Center in promoting STEM education in Southern California, and opening the Boeing Rocket Lab takes this partnership to a whole new level,” said Rick Baily, vice president of Engineering and Mission Assurance, Boeing Defense, Space and Security. “It’s a one-of-a-kind hands-on exhibit that will make learning fun and at the same time recognizes the local heritage of Boeing and other great companies that created so many important space products. Kids are fascinated with anything to do with rockets and here they can literally have a blast with rocket science!”

California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) is also proud to partner with Discovery Science Center on its Delta Rocket Program exhibits and interpretive education. This is the only site in the country chosen to tell the story of the historic, economic and cultural impact that the Delta Rocket Program had on the lives, not just of Californians but people all around the globe. Through this project, visitors will feel how they are connected to the work that took place here in Southern California by a diverse group of people.

About Boeing Defense, Space & Security

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 70,000 employees worldwide.

About The California Cultural and Historical Endowment

The California Cultural and Historical Endowment makes grants and loans to preserve “Culturally significant aspects of life during various periods of California history including architecture, economic activities, art, recreation, and transportation”; and to “unique identifiable ethnic and other communities that have added significant elements to California’s culture.” A priority of the Endowment is to fund projects that preserve aspects of California’s history that are absent or underrepresented in existing historical parks and museums.

About Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the space shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines. For more information about Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, go to

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.

About Discovery Science Center

Orange County’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, Taco Bell Discovery Science Center is better than ever! If you haven’t been lately, it’s been too long! Walk through the belly of a giant dinosaur in Dino Quest, feel the winds of a hurricane in a simulator and gear up for flying pucks in The Science of Hockey. Hundreds of thousands of students and families experience science, Southern California-style at Discovery Science Center each year. What will you discover? 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, Calif., open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days. For more information on annual memberships, group rates, special events, teacher workshops, sleepovers and more, call 714-542-CUBE or visit us online: