Events & Activities
Rocket Build Days
Rocket Build Days allow the members to experiment with the ideas proposed on the drawing board. They also allow sporadic moments of inspiration that range from solving unpredictable problems to experimenting with different materials. The concepts explored could help with the development of the rocket and become a learning experience for the team. The newer members learn and observe from the other team members about handling equipment and understanding the concepts that are needed to produce a rocket.
At the end of these build days, all the members are amazed by what the teams have accomplished. Seen in the photo on the right, even the veterans of the club are amazed by the progress that the subteams have made.
The Spacecom Expo is a conference and exposition where the aerospace industry and the community come together to connect. It’s where professionals from the aerospace and commercial sectors convene for week of forward-looking conference sessions, a packed exhibit hall showcasing cutting-edge technology, and an Entrepreneur Summit that promises to transform markets.
The Spacecom Expo allows the AIAA UH team to speak and interact with representatives of the leading space industries, in order to understand the financial aspects and the inner workings of the historic aerospace industry. These insights help members to easily transition into the workforce after earning their degree. Members also learn from the many space innovations that are offered by the companies that attend the Expo.
Tripoli allows the members of AIAA UH to earn their certification in rocketry. Tripoli certification in Tripoli is one of the highest honors in AIAA UH, as it provides a gateway to explore and experiment with ideas on their rockets and test higher class engines. To earn certification the individual must build their own rocket either from scratch or by using a kit. This process will allow the member to understand the concepts of rocketry. The member will also learn how to document the decisions that were needed to develop the rocket.
The event also allows the team to meet individuals from Tripoli and other AIAA organizations to build relationships with them. Tripoli officals can provide needed knowledge and guidance about rocketry that will benefit the team in the future.
Spaceport America Cup Competition
The Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) and the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (Spaceport America) have partnered to host and support the Spaceport America Cup, a week-long series of events which will sets the background and provides structure for the world’s largest university rocket engineering competition. This new host continues the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition’s (IREC) legacy of inspiring student design teams from across the country and around the world. Space City Rocketry designed and built a rocket for the competition to reach 10,000 feet.
This competition teaches the Space City Rocketry team to develop a rocket that can reach the targeted goal. This competition is the main event for Space City Rocketry. Throughout the launch, the team members learn many lessons as they overcome on the fly changes, and consider changes that can be made on future rockets.
A video of our first rocket "Prometheus" that launched at in Spaceport America in 2018. (Time Length: 55 seconds)
The Competition will also bring the team together as they will embark on a road trip to secure their place in the AIAA UH's record books. The quest for glory and ambition will be held by each team that attends this competition. Together, the teams network and learn from each other's design choices in order to improve their own rockets.