The Spaceport America Cup Joins Crowdsourcing Platform HeroX to Propel Student Innovation!

Universe Today | 6/16/2020 | Staff
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Beginning in 2017, the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) and Spaceport America came together to launch a competition known as the Spaceport America Cup. This annual event sees academics and industry experts from around the world gather at the world’s first purpose-built spaceport to collaborate, compete, and inspire young people to become the next generation of aerospace engineers.

At the heart of the competition is the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC), where commercial and student teams build and launch-test rockets of their own design. This year’s competition is expected to be very exciting and will see 1,500 international students from over 70 institutions converge on Southern New Mexico this summer to ply their talents and compete for the prestigious Spaceport America Cup!

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This will mark the fourth anniversary of the competition and the 15th anniversary of the IREC. It will also be the first year that HeroX – an incentive competition platform co-founded by Peter Diamandis (founder of the XPRIZE Foundation) – will be helping to promote the competition and assist applicants in bringing their skills to the table.

In the past, HeroX has sponsored such competitions as the Space Poop Challenge, a competition they co-sponsored with the NASA Tournament Lab to design spacesuits that can dispose of human waste. In addition, they also co-sponsored the Sky-For-All-Challenge with the NASA Safe Autonomous Operations Systems (SASO) project to foster solutions to the problem of overcrowded air lanes.

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As Kyla Jeffrey, the Director of Customer Success at HeroX, told Universe Today via email:

“HeroX is thrilled to be joining forces with the Experimental Rocket Sounding Association (ESRA) for the 2020 Spaceport America Cup. The 2020 Cup will be the fourth annual Spaceport America Cup hosted by ESRA and the first Cup HeroX has supported.“

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“The HeroX platform provides an online community for student teams to interact with each...
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