The University of Michigan was the winner of the first Spaceport America Cup, which wrapped up Saturday night at Spaceport America.
More than 1,100 college students from six continents participated in the five-day event sponsored by the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association which had been held in Utah before moving to Spaceport America this year.
Student teams competing in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition had to design, build, and launch a rocket carrying no less than 8.8 pounds of payload to a target height of either 10,000 feet or 30,000 feet above ground level (AGL). Projects were divided into one of the following six categories based on the type of project attempted – defined by the target apogee and selected propulsion system:
- 10,000 feet AGL apogee with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solid or hybrid rocket propulsion system: First prize, University of British Columbia; second prize, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 30,000 feet AGL apogee with COTS solid or hybrid propulsion system: First prize Stanford University; second prize Ryerson University
- 10,000 feet AGL apogee with student researched and developed (SRAD) solid rocket propulsion system First prize, West Virginia University; second prize, Missouri University of Science and Technology
- 30,000 feet AGL apogee with SRAD solid rocket propulsion system: First prize The Ohio State University; second prize University of Arizona AIAA
- 10,000 feet AGL apogee with SRAD hybrid or liquid rocket propulsion system: First prize University of Waterloo; second prize Texas A&M University
- 30, 000 feet AGL apogee with SRAD hybrid or liquid rocket propulsion system:
- First prize University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; second prize University of Washington.
The IREC Technical Excellence and Innovation Award winners were:
Charles Hoult Award for Modeling & Simulation, Texas A & M University
James Barrowman Award for Flight Dynamics, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Dr. Gil Moore Award for Innovation, école de technologie supérieure Montreal
Jim Furfaro Award for Technical Excellence, Waterloo University
In the Space Dynamics Laboratory Payload Challenge, the University of Victoria was first, George Washington University second, Southern Utah University third. Concordia University and McGill University both won honorable mention.
For the IREC Team Conduct Awards, Rowan University won the Team Spirit Award and Oregon State University won the Team Sportsmanship Award.
Judges then selected from among the winners in all of the various categories to determine Michigan to be the overall winner of the cup this year.
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