Spaceport America, NM – Spaceport America and the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) have made the difficult decision to cancel the fourth annual Spaceport America Cup that was scheduled for June 16 – 20, 2020 at Spaceport America. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for canceling large events in order to keep the students, spectators and sponsors safe and healthy. The event was set to engage over 1,700 college students from 17 countries on a week- long rocket design and launch competition.
“Having groups of students working together to build their team’s rocket is contrary to the COVID-19 protocol released by the CDC, and the State of New Mexico’s proactive leadership on this issue,” explained Dan Hicks, CEO of Spaceport America. “As much as we looked forward to having 154 universities participate, it is not the appropriate course of action at this time.”
“We are aware that this is incredibly disappointing news for the students, the universities, the communities of Sierra and Dona Ana Counties and our sponsors,” Hicks added. “It is important that the students respect and abide by their state and country guidelines for the health and safety of all,” Hicks said.
Last year, the 2019 Spaceport America Cup had 124 teams, 1,500 students, and representatives from 14 countries. The University of Washington took first place in the Spaceport America Cup and the University of New Mexico won the inaugural Spaceport America Chile Cup. Information on the 2021 Spaceport America Cup and possible actions with the 2020 Cup will be available at www.spaceportamericacup.com.
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Experience the excitement of the 2020 Spaceport America Cup happening June 16-20, 2020! Last year's competition featured some of the best and brightest rocketeers from all around the world.
GoPro Posted and new video today!
Featuring the 2017 Spaceport America Cup!!
Deep in the New Mexico desert, strap in for the Spaceport America Cup, Intercollegiate Rocket Competition where 10-50 foot tall experimental rockets launch to altitudes of 30,000 feet.
Max Acceleration: 27 g Max Velocity: Mach 2.5 / 1,918 mph
Max Recorded Altitude: 30,438 ft
Check out the next Spaceport America Cup June 19-23, 2018 - https://www.spaceportamericacup.com
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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.
More importantly, Animal Motor Works is ready NOW to assist teams with any rocketry needs, including research motor needs. They are happy to provide onsite delivery to the Spaceport America cup for teams who need assistance.
Once again, we are thrilled to announce this addition! Welcome aboard, Animal Motor Works!
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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.
The 2018 Spaceport America Cup will take place on June 19-23. Please stay tuned for more information coming soon. Information on spectators will be posted closer to the event. To become a sponsor, please contact Susan Raitt.
Teams wanting to sign up should visit the ESRA website. Click Here
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!!
The event has doubled in size over the past two years.
By Joe Pappalardo
Last week, Spaceport America witnessed more than 60 small rocket launches as college students gathered to compete in the first-ever Spaceport America Cup. The event, held by the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA), started in 2006, but this is the first to take advantage of the New Mexico spaceport's open airspace.
The University of Michigan won the event with a 30,000-foot flight of its hybrid rocket. However, given the technical difficulties, dusty weather, and crowded launch rails, any team that flew a rocket and landed a payload successfully celebrated like World Series champions.
The event has doubled in size over the past two years, which is a good sign for the future of a space industry. Organizers say 22 aerospace organizations attended to recruit future staff.