Spaceport America Cup

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Spaceport America Cup 2020

The world's largest intercollegiate rocket engineering competition.

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Challenge Overview

SPACEPORT AMERICA CUP 2020

Over 1,500 students and faculty will gather in Southern New Mexico for the fourth annual Spaceport America Cup in 2020.  Drawn by the opportunity to collaborate and compete at a world class spaceport facility, you represented the best and brightest from more than 70 institutions located all across the USA and around the world. 

Join us as we host hundreds of the worlds most ambitious collegiate rocketeers  in a one of a kind event. Part academic conference and part design-build-fly style competition, the Spaceport America Cup has something to offer students, faculty, industry representatives, and amateur aerospace aficionados alike.

 

The future beckons. 
​How will you answer the call?

Whether you are an academic, an industry representative, a retired professional, or simply a passionate amateur supportive of young minds who seek new horizons... there are many ways you may become a part of an event impacting the future of aerospace...

As a Sponsor...

You will meet with hundreds of talented STEM students from top ranked schools in a professional setting. You will see both them and their hardware perform in real world conditions. Furthermore, you will be helping make possible an event which helps make the best possible candidates for your company! 

As a Volunteer or Judge...

You will join the highly motivated team which brings order to the mess of small puzzle pieces required to build the worlds biggest collegiate rocket engineering conference and competition. From directing crowds to directing launches, and everything in-between, we need your volunteerism at the Spaceport America Cup! 

As a Student... 

You will demonstrate your hard work on an international stage, in front of hundreds of your peers, professors, and prospective employers. You will engage in design-build-fly style rocket and payload engineering competitions in a professional setting, at world class facilities, where the sky is not the limit!

Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

Guidelines for Spaceport America Cup - Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) are hosted on our website! 

In particular, you'll want to review the following documents:

  • IREC Rules and Requirements Document
  • IREC Design, Test, and Evaluation Guide
  • Integrated Master Schedule

www.soundingrocket.org/sa-cup-documents--forms.html

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Challenge Updates

ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER for 2021 Spaceport America Cup

Oct. 12, 2020, 7:48 p.m. PDT by ESRA VP

The deadline for 2021 Spaceport America Cup Registration is THIS FRIDAY!  October 16th, 2020.

 

ALL TEAMS MUST REGISTER - Even the teams that are returning from the COVID-cancelled 2020 Cup.  Failure to register will forfeit your team's position.

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ESRA is proud to announce that registration for Spaceport America Cup is now open for all teams!  As a reminder, over 90 percent of teams from 2020 chose to extend their registration to the 2021 competition.  That means that very few spots are available for new teams to apply.  ESRA will be reviewing new entries (teams that were not accepted or did not register for the 2020 event) very carefully and announcing the full team list in accordance with the Integrated Master Schedule available on our website (see http://www.soundingrocket.org/sa-cup-documents--forms.html)

ALL TEAMS MUST REGISTER ON THE NEW 2021 HEROX WEBSITE!  

If you're reading this, you are on the 2020 site.  Go here to register if you are a returning team!
https://www.herox.com/SpaceportAmericaCup2021

On behalf of the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA), welcome.  The 2021 Spaceport America Cup is just beginning!


Spaceport America Cup 2021 Registration Now Open!

Oct. 2, 2020, 1:36 a.m. PDT by ESRA President

ESRA is proud to announce that registration for Spaceport America Cup is now open for all teams!  As a reminder, over 90 percent of teams from 2020 chose to extend their registration to the 2021 competition.  That means that very few spots are available for new teams to apply.  ESRA will be reviewing new entries (teams that were not accepted or did not register for the 2020 event) very carefully and announcing the full team list in accordance with the Integrated Master Schedule available on our website (see http://www.soundingrocket.org/sa-cup-documents--forms.html)

ALL TEAMS MUST REGISTER ON THE NEW 2021 HEROX WEBSITE!  

If you're reading this, you are on the 2020 site.  Go here to register if you are a returning team!
https://www.herox.com/SpaceportAmericaCup2021

On behalf of the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA), welcome.  The 2021 Spaceport America Cup is just beginning!


2021 Competition Scheduled PUBLISHED!

Sept. 16, 2020, 8:24 p.m. PDT by ESRA President

The 2021 Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) has now been published on our website at www.soundingrocket.org in the Forms and Documents section.

ALSO!  We WILL be creating a new 2021 herox Competition Page.  It is not yet available, but we will have it up and running in the next 1-2 weeks.  ALL teams will need to create their new 2021 teams on that site as soon as it's ready.  This will help alleviate issues where past team captains have graduated but still control the 2020 herox team information and membership.

Also, an updated Rules and Requirements document will be coming, but don't worry, the technical contents will remain primarily unchanged from the 2020 competition.  

 

Welcome to Spaceport America Cup 2021 ;)


Tripoli Rocketry Association Board of Directors Election

June 2, 2020, 6:51 a.m. PDT by Andy

<Editor's Note - ESRA does not endorse any specific candidate but we do hope that all Tripoli members participate and have their voices heard.  Voter participation is historically VERY low (even more so with the young adult membership) so only a few voters get to determine the future path of this critical organization.>

 

The 2020 election of Tripoli Board of Directors is now underway.  There are six candidates vying for three open seats on the board of directors. Candidate resumes are available for review on the online voting system, as well as on our website at www.Tripoli.org.  

 

You will notice that Student Outreach seems to be a very important topic this year which is great to hear!

 

Please spend a few minutes to review the candidates' qualifications prior to submitting your votes.  If you are an active member of Tripoli, you should have received an email with instructions on how to place your vote.  You will need your Tripoli ID to cast your vote.  Voting will cease just prior to the Tripoli Annual Meeting on August 1st.


Looking for some great video clips from our awesome ROCKET TEAMS!!

May 20, 2020, 4:18 p.m. PDT by Andy

The Spaceport America Cup would have been a just few weeks away, and everyone would be frantically putting on the final touches to their rocket projects.  Unfortunately, this pandemic hit us all pretty hard. Everyone is disappointed that we had to cancel.

So we'd like to see what your teams have been up to!  We invite you to send us any short (~30 seconds) video clips with the creative ways you have be working remotely on your rocket projects.  We would like to use them as part of our 2021 Spaceport America Cup new dates announcement.  Make sure to include LOTS of team and school logos and similar!  

Please email your YouTube link to .  If your video is selected, we will contact you and ask for a fileshare link to the best available resolution video file.   Please submit your video links no later than June 3rd.

Reply to this announcement if you have any questions.

 

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing everyone for the BIGGER AND BETTER 2021 Spaceport America Cup!


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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but it’s quick and easy. Just click the “Accept Challenge” button on this page and follow the instructions to complete your registration. All you need to provide is your name and email address.

No, but it is highly encouraged.  Only team leads or delegates are required such that entry, progress, and final reports can be submitted prior to the deadlines.

All teams MUST read the IREC Rules and Requirements Document as well as the IREC Design Test and Evaluation Guide available on our website at http://www.soundingrocket.org/sa-cup-documents--forms.html.

The Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 for the purpose of fostering and promoting engineering knowledge and experience in the field of rocketry. ESRA's current focus is in the field of experimental sounding rocketry, which we define as roughly between "experimental" or "research" high-power rockets and sounding rockets capable of reaching space (generally defined as 100 km altitude).

ESRA hosts Spaceport America Cup - Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) for teams from across the USA and around the world.

More information can be found at our website www.soundingrocket.org.

ESRA hosts the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) for student rocketry teams from across the USA and around the world. With a payload size of 8.8 pounds and target altitudes of either 10,000 or 30,000 ft. above ground level, competing rockets are typically 4 to 8 inches in diameter and 8 to 20 ft. long. Multistage rockets and all chemical propulsion types (solid, liquid, and hybrid) are allowed.

Beginning in 2017, ESRA's Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) became the flagship activity of a new annual event called the Spaceport America Cup (SA Cup).

More information can be found on our website at www.soundingrocket.org

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