AdDU Rockets, Ateneo de Davao University is set to make history as the first Philippine university to participate in the Spaceport America Cup 2024-Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. (Image source)
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Scheduled for June 17 to 22, 2024, in New Mexico, USA, the competition will see AdDU’s Rocketry Team competing in the 10K Commercially Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Category. This category challenges participants to utilize Commercially Off-the-Shelf components to propel their rockets to a target height of 10,000 feet while carrying an 8.8-pound payload.
The primary objective for AdDU is to showcase Filipino talent in aerospace engineering and rocket science. The university is actively seeking sponsors to provide support for this groundbreaking endeavor.
In a social media statement, AdDU emphasized its commitment to upholding national standards and demonstrating the ingenuity of Filipino talent in aerospace engineering and rocket science.
Gabrielle Aguilar, a communication student at AdDU, expressed excitement about the university’s participation, stating that the competition would serve as inspiration for the Ateneo community and Filipinos in general, encouraging them to aspire to greater achievements.
The Spaceport America Cup 2024-Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition is a significant event in the field, drawing around 1,700 students and faculty from over 150 institutions in New Mexico. The competition serves as a platform for collaboration and innovation among top minds in intercollegiate rocket engineering.
In the 2023 edition, the Spaceport America Cup boasted a substantial turnout, with 5,913 participants, including undergraduates, Master’s program students, and PhD program participants. The diverse group represented countries worldwide, reflecting the competition’s international appeal.
Featuring six categories, the competition encompasses various propulsion types and rocket specifications, providing participants with a unique opportunity to showcase their expertise and advancements in rocket engineering. AdDU’s participation marks a significant step forward in placing Philippine talent on the global stage of aerospace innovation.