PARIS, 18 June 2015 – A seven-student team from Russellville City School in Alabama will represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge at the 2015 Paris Air Show. The RCS Engineers are the champions of this year’s Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) that took place outside of D.C. this past May. Raytheon Company sponsors the winning team from TARC each year to compete against student teams from the United Kingdom and France in an international rocketry competition.

What: 2015 International Rocketry Challenge

When: Friday, 19 June 2015 

Where: Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France

Who: Student rocketry teams from the U.S., France and the United Kingdom

Team America: Russellville City School Engineers Rocketry Team

Sponsors: Aerospace Industries Association & Raytheon Company

Social Media:   Follow along with the RCS Engineers by connecting with TARC and AIA on Twitter and Instagram! Twitter: @RocketContest and @RCS_Engineering / Instagram: @AIA_Comms and @RCS_Engineering 

On-site Media Contact: Ashley Gudzak,, +1.904.651.2364

The International Rocketry Challenge is the culmination of three separate competitions held annually around the globe: the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA); the United Kingdom Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) sponsored by ADS, the UK Aerospace, Defense, Security and Space association; and the French Rocketry Challenge sponsored by Groupement des Industries FrancaisesAeronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS), the French aerospace industries association. Each contest brings together teams of middle and high school students to design, build and launch model rockets with the goal of inspiring young minds to become engaged in science, technology, engineering and math. 

This is the tenth year that Raytheon has supported the U.S. team’s trip to the international air show. The program is part of the company’s broad-based MathMovesU® initiative to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

MEDIA Ashley Gudzak (904) 651-2364,

CONTACTS: Kelly Davis, (904) 234-2878,