Spaceport America Cup

Spaceport America Cup 2020

Spaceport America Cup 2020

The world's largest intercollegiate rocket engineering competition.
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Challenge Overview


Over 1,500 students and faculty will gather in Southern New Mexico for the fourth annual Spaceport America Cup in 2020.  Drawn by the opportunity to collaborate and compete at a world class spaceport facility, you represented the best and brightest from more than 70 institutions located all across the USA and around the world. 

Join us as we host hundreds of the worlds most ambitious collegiate rocketeers  in a one of a kind event. Part academic conference and part design-build-fly style competition, the Spaceport America Cup has something to offer students, faculty, industry representatives, and amateur aerospace aficionados alike.


The future beckons. 
​How will you answer the call?

Whether you are an academic, an industry representative, a retired professional, or simply a passionate amateur supportive of young minds who seek new horizons... there are many ways you may become a part of an event impacting the future of aerospace...

As a Sponsor...

You will meet with hundreds of talented STEM students from top ranked schools in a professional setting. You will see both them and their hardware perform in real world conditions. Furthermore, you will be helping make possible an event which helps make the best possible candidates for your company! 

As a Volunteer or Judge...

You will join the highly motivated team which brings order to the mess of small puzzle pieces required to build the worlds biggest collegiate rocket engineering conference and competition. From directing crowds to directing launches, and everything in-between, we need your volunteerism at the Spaceport America Cup! 

As a Student... 

You will demonstrate your hard work on an international stage, in front of hundreds of your peers, professors, and prospective employers. You will engage in design-build-fly style rocket and payload engineering competitions in a professional setting, at world class facilities, where the sky is not the limit!

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Rules and Requirements
Use this section for questions about rules and requirements including the IREC Rules and Requirements Document and the IREC Design, Test, and Evaluation Guide
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Requests to Other Teams
Use this section if you have a request you would like to ask of other teams. There are many teams who have lots of experience. Take advantage of your shared knowledge!
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General Discussion
Use this section for general discussions that aren't better suited to other sections.
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COTS GPS Requirement - FAQ
Frequently asked questions about the new COTS GPS requirement. LOOK HERE FIRST.
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Spaceport America Cup Cancellation
Use this section for any questions regarding the cancellation of the 2020 Spaceport America Cup.
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