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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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 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
This was posted on our Facebook a while back, Paypal links can be found here.
First of all we would like to apologize for taking so long. We were trying to work out some deals to try to keep costs down as much as possible. The good news, the team and student fees are less than last year. However, we are no longer covering the first 8 people under the team fee. We decided to do this well before we started restructuring the fees as this would be fairer to the smaller teams who bring less than 8 people. Unfortunately, due to several cost increases the past couple years, the team fee did not drop as much as were hoping. So if you add up this year’s fees for a team of 8, you will notice that it is more than last year’s team fee. We apologize for the inconvenience, but assure you that we have done everything we could to reduce the fees as much as possible without sacrificing your experience or safety at IREC.
*Reminder: Your $100 Entry Deposit Fee goes towards the team fee below, so early team payments are only $350*
Early Payments (Due by April 1st)
Team: $450, Student: $35
On Time Payments (Due by May 6th)
Team: $500, Student: $40
Late Payments (Due when checking in at IREC)
Team: $600, Student: $45
Also, if you are bringing a parent or guest (Not Student)
Launch site fees: $5 per day
Award Banquet: $15
Here is the most up to date list of all the teams. Please note that your Team ID is included on this list in case you still don't know yours. We are super excited about the number of teams and can't wait for this year's IREC. If you would like the excel table click here.
ESRA Site Updated!!!!!!!!!!
We have updated the site after a 100+ hours of work! The Basic Category Rules have been posted. Unfortunately the Advanced Category Rules aren't ready, but we should have those posted on Friday.
Thank you for your patience!!
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
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.