Rocketry competition preps students for growing aerospace industry – UTSA Today

Rocketry competition preps students for growing aerospace industry – UTSA Today

Rocketry competition preps students for growing aerospace industry

NOVEMBER 17, 2020 — UTSA has another group of students competing in a prestigious rocket competition. The announcement comes as SpaceX and NASA made history this past week by partnering to send its first operational crew mission into space. The entrepreneurial spirit of private aerospace companies, such as SpaceX, are inspiring the next aerospace professionals. Some will likely be UTSA grads who benefited from the university’s Classroom to Career initiative.

The Aeronautics and Rocketry Club will compete in the Spaceport America Cup competition, known as the largest intercollegiate rocket engineering competition. This is first the UTSA team competing in Spaceport and were able to qualify, as a new entry, for the 10,000 commercial off the shelf class, which is rare for a first-year team to get accepted to Spaceport America Cup with a two-stage design.

“Teams participating for the first time don’t usually get accepted in the two-stage category, so we’re pretty proud of this accomplishment,” said Adam Knippa, club president and mechanical engineering major.”


“Teams participating for the first time don’t usually get accepted
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