FAQ

What’s a hybrid rocket?

A hybrid rocket uses a propulsion system that is comprised of two different states of matter. The most common configuration is a solid fuel lining the combustion chamber into which a liquid or gaseous fuel is injected and ignited. For our rocket, we use solid paraffin wax and liquid nitrous oxide.

Can I join halfway?

The application has closed for the 2018-2019 school year. As the year progresses, we may need additional help. If you are interested in being updated about these opportunities, fill out THIS SURVEY, and you will be added to the mailing list.

What if I’m not familiar with any of the skills listed for a team or I’m not an engineer, but I’m interested in being on SARP?

Apply! We have roles for students across the campus. Additionally, we bring on members with varying levels of experience, and we always will have seasoned members to help newer members along the way. 

Why does SARP need money?

Our entire budget revolves around the support of our peers and industry donations to purchase equipment, materials, and other resources, provide for transportation, invest in new research and development, provide outreach events, and expand our propulsion system technology.  

what is irec?

IREC stands for the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition which takes place in New Mexico at Spaceport America, during which more than 600 university students participate in the competition, representing over 50 schools from 6 different continents It is hosted by the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association(ESRA).

More about IREC: http://www.soundingrocket.org/what-is-irec.html

Can I watch the rocket launch?

IREC is open to the public to visit student group presentations and check out their rockets in-person. 

More about the launch: http://www.soundingrocket.org/sa-cup-home.html

When do we launch?

The Spaceport America Cup will be held the week of June 17th, 2019, where team check-in takes place on Monday the 17th. It takes place at both the Spaceport America campus and Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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