Atomic Aggies finish sixth at Spaceport America Cup

In its second year competing in the Spaceport America Cup, the Atomic Aggies executed a successful rocket launch. The 25-member group began working in August 2018 to construct the 8-foot rocket.

After a successful launch, NMSU’s high-powered rocketry team, the Atomic Aggies, finished sixth at the third annual Spaceport America Cup in June 2019 in Las Cruces. 

In the 10,000-feet commercial off the shelf, all propulsion types category, 46 teams competed to design, build and launch rockets. Overall, the Atomic Aggies finished 13th out of 124 schools in only their second year in the competition. 

The team included 25 members, who built an 8-foot, 55-pound rocket that climbed to 12,202 feet at the event. Scores are determined by proximity to predicted altitude, overall design soundness, number of components manufactured in-house and a technical report.

Tiffany Acosta