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The Team America Rocketry Challenge — A Chance for Your Students to Soar

By Gregory Severino I write this essay as a TARC mentor, team adviser, and most ardently, as a teacher. Every one of us has a desire to make an impact in this world. Seizing an opportunity to help others, serving as a role model for younger generations, contributing to our field of knowledge, or any […]

Gearing up for Florida Workforce/STEM Summit

If you’ve ever been a teacher, you know how much work goes into lesson planning. The same applies to the planning Aerospace Industries Association member companies devote to events like the upcoming AIA Florida Aerospace and Defense Workforce/STEM Summit, slated for November 15 and 16 at Harris Corporation in Palm Bay, Florida. These summits enable […]

AIA and Senate Aerospace Caucus Advance UAS Opportunities

As part of our ongoing effort to promote the innovative opportunities resident in America’s aerospace and defense industry, this week, the Aerospace Industries Association partnered with the Senate Aerospace Caucus in hosting an event highlighting the emerging issue of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in commercial markets and the challenges inherent in securing successful transitions.  Along […]

Building the DOD Corral at the International Paris Air Show

AIA’s presence at the International Paris Air Show includes supporting the effort to bring military assets to the show and display them on the ground and in the air. We have an outstanding collection of platforms on display at Paris this year. Starting at the AIA Ops Center, we have the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting […]

President’s Reception at the International Paris Air Show

AIA traditionally kicks off the business portion of the International Paris Air Show with the President’s Reception – an invitation-only event, celebrating the cooperation between government and industry to ensure the success of America’s aerospace and defense industry at the show. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work greeted a small, pre-event reception with a sense […]

IRC/TARC Trail: From Festus to France

After more than 4,000 miles and 10 hours in flight, the Festus High School Rocket Club touched down in Paris for day one of their trip to compete in the International Rocketry Challenge (IRC) at the International Paris Air Show, courtesy of the Raytheon Company. Organized as an international follow-on to the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), AIA’s signature STEM and aerospace workforce development program, the IRC […]

IRC/TARC Trail in Paris: IRC Presentations

It was a bright and early start for the Festus Team, 5:00 a.m. to be exact. Today, they took the first step in their quest for International Rocketry Challenge (IRC) Championship: the presentation competition. As part of the competition, the team delivered an approximately 10-minute presentation before three expert judges from the aerospace industry, followed by questions from each judge. Robert Curbeam of Raytheon Company was the U.S. judge. He was joined […]

AIA at the International Paris Air Show – a Compendium

The International Paris Airshow was a whirlwind for AIA. From policy roundtables to high-level meetings, each day was filled with a flurry of activity. Our Signature Series Roundtables were a highlight for AIA, demonstrating our value as the convenor of choice, bringing government and industry together for substantive policy discussions and building on the good […]

IRC/TARC Trail in Paris: IRC Rocket Launches

After countless hours of preparation and test flights, the 10 student rocketeers of the Festus Rocket Club launched themselves into the history books: they are officially world rocketry champions! Festus Team poses with former NASA astronaut Al Worden. (Photo courtesy of the Raytheon Company) You can read the official AIA/TARC Press Release here. “I feel like […]

IRC/TARC Trail in Paris: Festus Blazing a Path Forward for Missouri student rocketry

As we close out another IRC, the ten student rocketeers from Festus High School join a small and exclusive group as world rocketry champions. Tomorrow, they’ll head home, but soon they’ll naturally ask, “What do I do now?” The answer was simple for both our 2015 champions from Alabama’s Russellville City Schools and our 2016 […]

IRC/TARC Trail in Paris: Recap

The rocketry season of TARC and IRC has officially ended yesterday morning when World Champion Festus High School Rocket Club boarded its plane to return home. What began as a group of students breathing life back into their school’s rocket club quickly turned into the story for the history books.     A team of mostly first-time rocketeers from a town of 12,000 people gave their all […]