Pinoy First: AdDU Rocketry Team Greenlit for Spaceport America Cup 2024

The Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) Rocketry Team has made history as the first representative from the Philippines 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.

The Spaceport America Cup 2024 will be held on June 17-22 in New Mexico, USA. It is the biggest intercollegiate rocket engineering competition in the world, drawing the brightest minds from universities across the globe to design, build, and launch their own rockets. This year’s competition attracted nearly 200 teams from over 20 countries, making the qualification of the AdDU Rocketry Team a truly remarkable achievement for the nation.

The FRR is the culmination of months of rigorous preparation and dedication by the Team, which is now greenlit to participate in the 10k Commercial Off-the-Shelf category. The Team’s entry, named SIBOL (Filipino for growth), is a high-powered rocket capable of carrying an 8.8-pound payload to an altitude of 10,000 feet.

The Team is part of AdDU’s larger Rocket Development Program or Project Sugod, which means “moving forward” in the hopes of ushering in a new era in Philippine aerospace engineering. They also hope to attract sponsors in the near future, to help them further develop their homegrown technology.

For sponsorship inquiries, interview requests and additional information, please contact the team at

Text and Photo: Ateneo de Davao University