Ed note: Sierra County business owners, get ready to sell to rocket scientists!
America’s future rocket scientists will be here later this month, learning more about rocket science.
And, learning more about Spaceport America in the process.
More than 1,000 college students from around the globe will be participating in the first Spaceport America Cup. The event, sponsored by The Experimental Sounding Rocket Association and Spaceport America, will feature five days of conferences and career fairs at the Las Cruces Convention Center, and rocket launches the spaceport.
The competition will include 110 teams from throughout the country and 11 foreign nations, attempting to launch rockets to a pre-determined altitude of either 10,000 feet or 30,000 feet.
The objective is not only to blast into space, but to do so with precision, explained William Gutman, vice president of aerospace operations for Spaceport America. An oral presentation on their project, and a commitment to safety also factor into the scoring.