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Historic First: Ateneo de Davao Students Represent Philippines at Spaceport America Cup

Ateneo de Davao University Rocketry Team poses with their rocket, SIBOL, after qualifying for the Spaceport America Cup 2024. Photo Source: X/ Ateneo de Davao.

The Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) Rocketry Team has made history as the first representative from the Philippines to pass the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) for the Spaceport America Cup – Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (SACIREC).

The Team’s rocket has been deemed fit for launch at the 2024 edition of the competition, spotlighting Filipino talent in the highly competitive global arena of aerospace engineering.

The Spaceport America Cup is the world’s largest Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) for student rocketry teams scheduled from June 17-22 in New Mexico, USA.

It is the biggest intercollegiate rocket engineering competition in the world, drawing the brightest minds from universities across the globe to design, build, and launch their rockets.

This year’s competition attracted nearly 200 teams from over 20 countries, making the qualification of the AdDU Rocketry Team a truly remarkable achievement for the nation.

The Team is part of AdDU’s larger Rocket Development Program or Project Sugod, which means “moving forward” with the hope of ushering in a new era in Philippine aerospace engineering.

They also hope to attract sponsors to help them further develop their homegrown technology.

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What is SIBOL?

“SIBOL” which means “growth” in Filipino, signifies the team’s aspirations for progress and innovation in aerospace engineering.

It represents not only the growth of their technical skills and knowledge but also the growth of the Philippines’ presence in the global aerospace community.

The Team’s entry is a high-powered rocket capable of carrying an 8.8-pound payload to an altitude of 10,000 feet.

A Milestone for the Philippines

This achievement is a significant milestone for the Philippines, marking the country’s entry into the global aerospace competition.

It demonstrates the capabilities and potential of Filipino students in the field of aerospace engineering.

The AdDU Rocketry Team’s success is a testament to their hard work, creativity, and determination, and it sets a precedent for future Filipino teams to participate in international competitions.

Looking Ahead

Their participation in the Spaceport America Cup is not just a personal triumph for the members but also a source of pride and inspiration for the entire nation.

It encourages other Filipino students to pursue their dreams in STEM fields and highlights the importance of supporting and investing in local talent and technology.

Ateneo de Davao University Rocketry Team is now in La Cruces, New Mexico, USA to make history.

The AdDU Rocketry Team’s journey to the Spaceport America Cup 2024 is a story of growth, innovation, and national pride.

With their rocket, SIBOL, ready for launch, they are set to make the Philippines proud on the world stage.

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Justine Jannah L. Taguibao
Justine Jannah L. Taguibao
Justine Jannah L. Taguibao is a multimedia reporter in her fourth year of studying for a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She works as a photojournalist for The Communicator, the official student publication of PUP-College of Communication. Justine has covered many important events, such as rallies and senate hearings. Her experience in these areas has helped her become skilled in both news writing and photography. She is passionate about sharing important stories and believes in the power of media to inform and inspire people.

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