Spaceport America and ESRA Joint Statement Regarding Spaceport America Cup 2020 and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Many teams have been asking about Spaceport America Cup 2020 and the effects of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. We are aware that many teams across the world are impacted by school closures, travel restrictions, and other precautions to limit the spread of this virus. Spaceport America and the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) continue to monitor events with respect to the outbreak.
At this time, we are not cancelling the Spaceport America Cup competition; however, we are meeting weekly to discuss and take appropriate actions as global events unfold. Please see the linked press release and we will post updates if the competition is affected.
Congratulations to the 150 teams chosen to compete in the 2020 Spaceport America Cup!
For the complete list of teams and team IDs, please see the PDF file on the Spaceport America Cup 2020 event page.
Below is the breakdown of team locations and competition categories.
The Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) is hard at work getting ready for the 2020 Spaceport America Cup. We have some important updates for you to be aware of outlined below:
ESRA and Spaceport America are very excited for these changes. We also recognize that change can take some getting used to. We ask for your patience during this transition. We'll work closely with you and the HeroX to resolve any technical issues.
As always, check our website www.soundingrocket.org frequently for news updates and follow on our Facebook page. #SACup2020
The ESRA Team
Wait no more!! The Winners and Scores have been posted to the 2019 SA Cup page on our website. Click Here to go there now. As we get more media to post we will be updating this page, so please feel free to check back again later.
Progress updates must be submitted by COB Monday Eastern Time.
This is the same excel file you submitted for your application into the event. Simply update it with the latest and greatest information. You are allowed to switch categories until the final progress update, so feel free to do so now.
*Sorry if the countdown timer doesn't work, I tried copying some HTML code.*
To all teams ordering motors through Animal Motor Works (AMW), you must submit your order before February 1st to have guaranteed delivery at the SA Cup Event. Please note that other motor distributors will have similar deadlines. So order your motors ASAP if you have not already.
Congratulations to the 122 teams chosen to compete in the 2019 Spaceport America Cup. For the complete list of teams and team IDs, please see the excel file attached below.
Prospective 2019 IREC Teams,
Thank you for your patience thus far as you wait to find out the teams accepted into this year’s competition. While we’d hoped to have this list for you today, an overwhelming number of applications and some uncontrollable circumstances among our volunteer force have set us back a day or two. We assure you we are finalizing the list a we speak and will have it posted for you by this coming weekend. Thank you again for your patience and your support for this unique event.
– The ESRA Team
Following mishaps which occurred at the 2018 TRA BALLS launch. The Tripoli Rocket Association (TRA) have issued a temporary moratorium on hosting Class III projects by unlicensed university students at it's launches. Although ESRA is not a chapter of TRA, and the SA Cup is not a TRA launch event, ESRA leadership have chosen to respect TRA's decision by deferring consideration of hosting any non-competing Class III demonstration flights at the 2019 SA Cup until after TRA conclude their investigation and publish new recommendations on this subject. ESRA leadership will likely have an opportunity to review these materials as they are drafted, and anticipate their publication sometime around the new year. This situation only impacts non-competing demonstration flights whose total installed impulse exceeds the FAA Class II Amateur Rocket Limitation Defined in Section 2.3 of the IREC Rules & Requirements Document (greater than 40,960 N-s), or whose predicted apogee exceeds 100,000 ft AGL. We regret the inconveniences we know this will cause, but expect our community to benefit from the experience in the long run. The lessons learned and guidance generated in this exercise should pave a clearer path forward which, if followed, will lead to greater confidence in and support for current and future university teams which carry out these ambitions responsibly.
Hello Potential 2019 IREC Teams,
It is the time of year when it is starting to get cold outside, which means it is time to start thinking about launching rockets in the desert. The 2019 Spaceport America Cup will be held June 18th-22nd and there is lots to do to prepare. ESRA wants to let you know about the important dates for deliverables from students’ teams to participate in this year's competition.
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