ARLISS (www.arliss.org) - A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites, is a 17 year old program to deliver a core aerospace science project experience of designing, launching and using autonomous robots deployed from high power hobby rockets in the Black Rock Desert. Classic ARLISS flies 1 kg student payloads on M motors to ~10k' AGL, deploys the projects for them to return autonomously to a set of GPS coordinates on the Black Rock Desert.
Today ARLISS has three component programs:
ARLISS Classic - flies ~1kg autonomous robots to ~10k' for either return to a known location or to do a mission in addition or instead. Student teams (generally university level) come from around the world to compete in September of every year at the Black Rock Desert.
ARLISS S4 - flies .3 kg student CanSat PocketQubes to do a science mission on high power amateur rockets.