Pinoy innovation takes flight: Ateneo de Davao Rocketry Team’s SIBOL to compete at Spaceport America Cup!

The Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) Rocketry Team makes history by becoming the first Philippine representative to the world intercollegiate rocket engineering competition.

For the longest time, sending a Filipino to outer space seemed like a pipe dream due to the country’s lack of funding and government support.

But the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) Rocketry Team shattered those doubts as it took a giant leap toward flying the Philippine flag into space.

The team made history as the first Filipino representatives to pass the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) for the Spaceport America Cup 2024 – Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (SAC-IREC).

“The Team’s rocket has been deemed fit for launch at the competition, spotlighting Filipino talent in the highly competitive global arena of aerospace engineering,” said Ateneo de Davao in a statement.

Their entry, named SIBOL (Filipino for growth) is entered in the 10k Commercial Off-the-Shelf category. This high-powered rocket is capable of carrying an 8.8-pound payload to an altitude of 10,000 feet, showcasing the team’s engineering skills.

The Spaceport America Cup is the world’s biggest intercollegiate rocket engineering competition, drawing the brightest minds from universities across the globe to design, build, and launch their own rockets.

The 2024 competition has attracted nearly 200 teams from over 20 countries, making it a fierce and prestigious event. The Spaceport America Cup 2024 will be held from June 17 to 22 in New Mexico, USA.