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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NMSA staff officially opened the Southern Road to Spaceport America today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Southern Road will dramatically reduce drive times from Las Cruces to the Spaceport for Spaceport America Cup Participants.
The good folks at RIT SPEXcast have dropped part 1 of their 3 part podcast series on the 2018 Spaceport America Cup. We think they did a great job capturing the spirit of the event, and we look forward to hearing parts 2 and 3. Be sure to give it a listen with the player below, and check out the accompanying blog entry on the SPEXcast blog. Both can be found on the attached page. Thank you to all the media who helped cover this one of a kind event! You're helping us spread the word and grow support, without which, we couldn't have the impact we do. Thank you!
Produced by students and alumni of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), SPEXcast is a weekly podcast diving into space and space exploration.
The Experimental Sounding Rocket Association and the Spaceport America Cup Team are pleased to announce the selection of Animal Motor Works as our Primary Rocketry Vendor. Animal Motor Works team members will be onsite throughout the 2018 Spaceport America Cup with their impressive lineup of motors, rocket parts, electronics, building supplies and expertise to ensure our teams have the best opportunity for having a successful launch.
The GoPro Footage is in and here is our new video for the 2017 Spaceport America Cup. This video was filmed entirely on the Hero 5 and Hero 6 Cameras.
If your team was videoed by the GoPro crew, feel free to contact ESRA and we can get you the video files.
On September, 28th GoPro released their Hero 6 and with it, an amazing launch video featuring the 2017 Spaceport America Cup. Below is the video and some spectacular screen shots!!
We've updated to the complete list of teams provided on the 2017 IREC page to include all those registered in the competition since the list was last updated in November. There you will also find a downloadable excel file for easier reference.
Yes!! There will be another IREC in 2017. ESRA has been working with Spaceport America in New Mexico to team up and offer colleges and industry an even better opportunity to collaborate and compete. Starting next year IREC will become part of a brand new event call the Spaceport America Cup (SAC or SA Cup).
The Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition will be the main event at this year's Spaceport America Cup. There are plans to build on the SA Cup, and add not only more college level events, but events for industry and even high schools. This being our first year of hosting the SA Cup with the Spaceport America crew, we will be focusing on the IREC portion. But rest assured, there will be great new things coming in 2018 as we start to grow.
For more information, visit the Spaceport America Cup Event website or the 2017 IREC page here on the ESRA website.
The 2016 IREC was a success with 52 teams and over 500 people showing up. Please visit the 2016 IREC page for more informtation!
1st ($1000): Oregon State University
2nd ($500): University of Michigan
1st ($1000): École de Technologie Supérieure
2nd ($500): Concordia University
SDL Payload Challenge:
1st Place ($700): Minnesota
2nd Place ($300): Yale
Jim Furfaro Award for Technical Excellence ($500):
École de Technologie Supérieure
Dr. Gil Moore Award for Innovation ($500):
Univeristy of California, Los Angelis
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