10th IREC Team Winners
Congratulations to the Winners of the 10th Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition!
Basic Category (10-lb payload to 10,000 ft AGL):
1st Place: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2nd Place: Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica (ITA) (Brazil)
Advanced Category (10-lb payload to 23,000 ft AGL):
1st Place: Mississippi State University
2nd Place: Ecole de Technologie Superieure (ETS) Montreal (Canada)
Space Dynamics Laboratory Payload Challenge:
1st Place: Oregon State University
2nd Place: Concordia University (Canada)
Jim Furfaro Award for Technical Excellence:
Mississippi State University
R.Gilbert Moore Award for Innovation:
Colorado State University
Team Spirit Award:
Cairo University (Egypt)
University of Illinois - Chicago
10th IREC Participants
Mr. Glenn Baxter of Green River will be giving a talk on his experiences launching Athena rockets from Green River in the 1960s and 1970s. It will be at 7 PM Thursday June 25 in the basement room of the John Wesley Powell RIver History Museum, with a panel discussion with Dr. Gil Moore (via internet) and Mr. Jim Barrowman to follow. The event is free and open to the public.
Mr. Baxter graduated from Texas A&M with a BSEE (Electrical Engineering) in 1958, then reported to his first job with Convair Astronautics (San Diego, CA) later that summer. His work for Convair took him across the country working on various projects until he left Convair in Plattsburg, NY. He came to Green River to work for Atlantic Research on the Athena project in 1963 and worked there until 1976 when the Athena program was completed, then was self-employed.
We are pleased to announce that Orbital ATK is now a sponsor of the 10th IREC. They will be providing a Judge (Marty Simonich), operational support (public address system), and souvenirs for the participants. Orbital ATK also paid for Mr. Simonich's wages and expenses at the 9th IREC last year, provided souvenir T-shirts as well and supplied their PA system for us to use.
We are very grateful for their support!
SDL Payload Challenge Announced
ESRA is excited to welcome the Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) as host of the SDL Payload Challenge in conjunction with the 10th IREC. $1000 in cash prizes will be awarded!
The 10th Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) will be held June 24-27 (with June 28 as a weather backup day), 2015, south of Green River, UT (same location as last year). We may adjust the details of the schedule (presentations vs. launches, etc.) so please stay tuned. We had considered having the IREC during March or April to allow better industry recruiting opportunities, but all the feedback we received from prospective teams indicated that June was much preferred. So June it is! We may also adjust the registration rules to reduce the number of late cancellations, but the general pattern from last year will be followed, with initial applications due by November 15 2014 (late applications will also be accepted but will result in lower points for "deliverables" in the scoring).
We are pleased to announce the addition of the R. Gilbert Moore Award for Innovation. It will apply to the rocket and payload, and come with a cash award provided by donors (they will remain anonymous until we verify whether they want to be identified or not). Dr. Moore got his start in the sounding rocket business flying payloads on captured German V-2s at White Sands, New Mexico after WWII. He has long been a champion of direct student involvement in rocketry and space experimentation. He has also been a staunch supporter of the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition since the first one in 2006 (where he was the Guest of Honor).
A summary of the 9th IREC awards is on the new Awards page. Please note the separate Payload Award this year.