Students Compete in the World’s Largest Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 24, 2019 – High Point University students launched their summer break in New Mexico for this year’s Spaceport America Cup competition.

Eight students, led by Jeff Regester, physics and astronomy instructor at HPU, and Paddy Clancy, a 2019 graduate and organizer of the group, participated in the third annual Spaceport America Cup, designed around the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition for student rocketry teams. This year’s competition took place at the Las Cruces Convention Center in New Mexico and the Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area June 18-22.

The competition hosted teams from American and international colleges and universities. HPU was one of 91 teams from around the globe to compete in this year’s event.

“Competing at Spaceport America has confirmed my goals of pursuing physics and aerospace work,” said Kennedy Anderson, a rising sophomore and physics major. “The competition proved to me that if I work hard, the team and I can achieve so much.”

Regester and a team of 11 students spent the last year building the rocket, including its electronic system, payload and motor, on HPU’s campus. Students mixed the fuel and constructed the motor instead of purchasing a commercial one. The 12-foot rocket is designed to travel 10,000 feet.

“Complex projects like building a high-altitude rocket and payload enable my students to develop hands-on engineering skills,” said Regester. “These experiences allow them to apply their scientific knowledge to accomplish amazing things.”

A rocket the team built in 2018 is on display at the Spaceport America Visitor Center in New Mexico.

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