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The International Rocketry Challenge is the culmination of four separate competitions held annually around the globe: the Team America Rocketry Challenge sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR); the United Kingdom Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) sponsored by ADS, the UK Aerospace, Defense, Security and Space association; and the French Rocketry Challenge sponsored by Groupement des Industries Francaises Aeronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS), the French aerospace industries association and the Japanese Rocketry Challenge, sponsored by the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies and the Japan Association of Rocketry.

The winning team from the Team America Rocketry Challenge National Finals in May will represent the United States in the competition, courtesy of  the Raytheon Company.

Below is a rough agenda for the International Rocketry Challenge (IRC) at the Farnborough International Air Show. Please contact Alex Armentano for press inquiries or additional information. Specific details of activities for the team while in London are available upon request

July 17, 2018: Students land in London

July 19, 2018: Presentation component of the IRC Competition

July 20, 2018: IRC Rocket Launches, followed by the awards ceremony

The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest rocket contest and the aerospace industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and more than 20 aerospace industry partners, the Team America Rocketry Challenge provides middle and high school students the opportunity to design, build and launch model rockets in a competition among nearly 5,000 students nationwide each year.  Other partners providing support for the program include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Defense, the American Association of Physics Teachers and The Mars Generation.

The Challenge was originally conceived as a one-time contest to celebrate the 100th anniversary of flight. After receiving hundreds of requests from students, teachers and parents, AIA and its partners decided to continue the program to challenge students year-in and year-out, with varying in performance specifications. Nearly seventeen years later, the competition is still going strong.

A pool of over $100,000 in cash and prizes is shared by the top 10 teams. Raytheon Company sponsors the winning team to participate in an annual International Rocketry Challenge, which alternates each year between the Paris Air Show and the Farnborough International Airshow in London.