Spaceport America Cup

Spaceport America Cup 2020

Spaceport America Cup 2020

The world's largest intercollegiate rocket engineering competition.
2nd Progress Report Due

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!


Challenge Timeline

Oct. 3, 2019, 1 a.m. PDT
This is the unofficial timeline. The official timeline is located in the released IMS document on our website at:
Oct. 3, 2019, 12:25 p.m. PDT
Date Launched
Oct. 18, 2019, 2 p.m. PDT
Team Entry Form Due
Registration and submittal of Team Entry Forms officially closes as of October 18th, 2019
Oct. 21, 2019, 9 a.m. PDT
Evaluation of teams begins and continues over the duration of the competition.
Oct. 28, 2019, 11 p.m. PDT
Team Acceptance Annoucement
Teams selected to compete in the 2020 Spaceport America Cup will be announced through this site, and also on the website and social media.
Dec. 13, 2019, 2 p.m. PST
1st Progress Report Due, Entry Fee Due
Deadline to submit Entry Fee and 1st Progress Report. All teams must submit this report by Dec 13th, 2019.
March 6, 2020, 2 p.m. PST
2nd Progress Report Due
Deadline to submit 2nd Progress Report. All teams must submit this report by March 6th, 2019.
March 29, 2020, 8:51 a.m. PDT
You are here
April 24, 2020, 5 p.m. PDT
Rocket and Rocketeer Fees Due
Rocket and Rocketeer fees are due no later than April 24th, 2020.
May 15, 2020, 2 p.m. PDT
3rd Progress Report, Project Technical Report, Podium Session Materials, Poster Session Materials Due
Submit ALL required documents in accordance with the IREC Rules and Requirements Document and the Integrated Master Schedule
June 16, 2020, 5 a.m. PDT
Conference Day Begins
Mountain Daylight Time
June 17, 2020, 1 p.m. PDT
Range Open for First Flights
Mountain Daylight Time
June 20, 2020, noon PDT
Judging Closed
Mountain Daylight Time
June 20, 2020, 4 p.m. PDT
Range Officially Closed
Mountain Daylight Time
Range closure on the final day of flying is at the discretion of the launch operations team. Judging is complete NO LATER THAN 12:00. Late submittals of recovery information will not be accepted.
June 20, 2020, 8 p.m. PDT
Mountain Daylight Time
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