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Rocket competition planned at Spaceport

The Spaceport America Cub logo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s Spaceport America next month is hosting its first ever worldwide collegiate rocket competition featuring 110 teams from 12 countries who will launch solid, liquid, and hybrid rockets to target altitudes as high as 30,000 feet.

Dubbed the Spaceport America Cup, the June 20-24 event is designed around the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition for student rocketry.

The event, now in its 12th year, “will be the competition’s biggest year yet,” according to Spaceport America Cup website.

Rocketeer teams are coming from dozens of U.S. states as well as from Switzerland, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Canada, Egypt, India, Australia, Colombia, Mexico and Turkey.

“We could not be more excited about the level of interest the first annual Spaceport America Cup is generating for the IREC and this inaugural year is sure to be something special,” the IREC said in a statement.

bright spotThe first day of the event is Presentation & Conference Day at the Las Cruces Convention Center, giving students, judges, recruiters, and the public a chance to see all of the rocket and experiment projects. Students will be giving presentations on their advanced research and technologies.

The second day moves to Spaceport America for preparation and testing.

Launch days will be June 22-24. Teams will be launching and recovering rockets through all three days. Teams will be able to display their rockets after recovery.

Tickets for rocketeers ($50 each) and spectators ($10 a day or $20 for all three launch days) are available through the Spaceport America Cub website:

Children under 6 years of age are not permitted access to the event, according to organizers.

Event organizers also are looking for volunteers and judges.

People trained or with work experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are needed to evaluate the rocket engineering teams and projects.

Potential judges will need to dedicate five days, beginning the evening of June 19, and must be 18 years or older.

Volunteers are also needed to help with special events, set-up, check-in, tear-down and managing spectators and contestants both at the Las Cruces Convention Center and at Spaceport America throughout the event. Volunteers must also be at least 18 years old.

Judges and volunteers will be fed and receive commemorative shirt, cup, patch and swag bag.

See specific tasks, schedules and accommodation details, visit, where you can find the judge’s registration form and volunteer registration form.

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