What is IREC? The Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) hosts an Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) for student rocketry teams from across the USA and around the world. With a payload size of 8.8 pounds and target altitudes of either 10,000 or 30,000 ft. above ground level, competing rockets are typically 4 to 8 inches in diameter […]

Mechanical Engineering students recently joined forces with Manufacturing and Math students to launch the most accurate rocket amongst more than 20 entries at the 2013 international competition in Green River, Utah. With a goal of 10,000 feet above ground, the 10 ft carbon fiber “FireFly” peaked at just 100 feet above target – BYU’s best […]

Students from BYU’s Mechanical Engineering Department attended the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) near Green River, Utah on June 21-23, 2012. Members of the team were Cody Peterson (MET junior), Levi Rupert (ME senior), Brettany Rupert (ME BS ’12), Ben Halling (MET senior), Eric Wilcox (ME senior), and Eric Hardester (MBA/ME […]

BYU Mechanical Engineering students took second place in the 5th annual Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) held June 16-18, 2010, near Green River, Utah. The team consisted of Matt Campbell, Robert Campbell, Chris Howald, Tommy Hyatt, Michael Jarvis, Vicky Lee, Kasey Pearce, Chad Pharo, Roger Smith, David Standring, and Samikshya Subedi. After the launch, the […]

BYU Mechanical Engineering students attended the 2009 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. Their rocket, Cosmo, has a successful test flight at the Utah Rocketry Club’s meet. However, at the competition, Cosmo burst into flames on the pad due to a faulty commercial motor.