Team Redstone to launch official app for installation

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Redstone Arsenal's new mobile app launches Thursday. It's called Redstone Explorer.

It's the product of a collaborative project by the 2016 Advanced LIFT class, an AMCOM leadership program dedicated to enhancing Team Redstone. Markeeva Morgan, NASA SLS's Core State Avionics Hardware Manager, was in the class that came up with the idea.

"We want to make sure the Arsenal is keeping up with the way people consume information," he said, noting they decided an app was the best way to do that.

Creators hope you'll download and use it because they tell us it has helpful and potentially life-saving features.

"Access official announcements from the arsenal and push notifications for emergency situations," said Morgan, "whether those be temporary road closures, or something more grave." He added that push notifications can play an important role in safety. "We all know Ohio State dealt with a very troublesome situation with an attack on campus, so in situations like that we wanted to provide an avenue to be able to broadly disseminate the most accurate, most up to date information as quickly as we can."

He said users can trust the information that they get on the app because the notifications will be curated by Team Redstone.

Also on the app:

  • Maps
  • Gate information, including traffic tracking
  • Contact information about popular sites and eateries around the installation
  • Team Redstone social media

"For obvious reasons there are locations on the arsenal that aren't identified in the map, however there are a lot of activities and resources on the arsenal that many people don't know exist," commented Morgan.

The app goes live December 1st. There is an '"Appy Hour" launch party at the Rocket City Tavern at 4 PM that day to celebrate. The app is free to anyone through the Apple or Google Play stores, and you don't need Redstone Arsenal credentials to download or use it.

"One of the sort of taglines that we have, is this is an app that is for Redstone, developed by Team Redstone," Morgan noted. He said the leadership class used resources around the post to make it happen. The Army  Game Studio at the Software Engineering Directorate played a part in development, for instance.