The Experimental Sounding Rocketry Association annually hosts the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. This year, Spaceport America continues their partnership with ESRA to host the 3rd Annual Spaceport America Cup. The emphasis of the ESRA rocket competition is student design and construction of as much of the rocket as possible. This includes any propulsion, structures, avionics, recovery, or payload systems.
In general, student teams competing in the Spaceport America Cup: Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition must design, build, and launch a rocket carrying no less than 8.8 lb of payload to a target apogee either 10,000 ft or 30,000 ft above ground level (AGL). Projects will be divided into one of the following six categories based on the type of project attempted – defined by the target apogee and selected propulsion system.
*From the IREC Rules and Requirements Document
- 10,000 ft AGL apogee with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solid or hybrid rocket propulsion system
- 30,000 ft AGL apogee with COTS solid or hybrid propulsion system
- 10,000 ft AGL apogee with student researched and developed (SRAD) solid rocket propulsion system
- 30,000 ft AGL apogee with SRAD solid rocket propulsion system
- 10,000 ft AGL apogee with SRAD hybrid or liquid rocket propulsion system
- 30,000 ft AGL apogee with SRAD hybrid or liquid rocket propulsion system
The Sounding Rocketry Team will be competing in the 10,000 ft AGL apogee with SRAD hybrid or liquid rocket propulsion system category of the IREC/SAC.