Spaceport America Cup


Spaceport America Cup 2020

The world's largest intercollegiate rocket engineering competition.

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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Challenge Updates

2021 Competition Scheduled PUBLISHED!

Sept. 16, 2020, 8:24 p.m. PDT by Cliff Olmsted

The 2021 Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) has now been published on our website at in the Forms and Documents section.

ALSO!  We WILL be creating a new 2021 herox Competition Page.  It is not yet available, but we will have it up and running in the next 1-2 weeks.  ALL teams will need to create their new 2021 teams on that site as soon as it's ready.  This will help alleviate issues where past team captains have graduated but still control the 2020 herox team information and membership.

Also, an updated Rules and Requirements document will be coming, but don't worry, the technical contents will remain primarily unchanged from the 2020 competition.  


Welcome to Spaceport America Cup 2021 ;)

Tripoli Rocketry Association Board of Directors Election

June 2, 2020, 6:51 a.m. PDT by ESRA VP

<Editor's Note - ESRA does not endorse any specific candidate but we do hope that all Tripoli members participate and have their voices heard.  Voter participation is historically VERY low (even more so with the young adult membership) so only a few voters get to determine the future path of this critical organization.>


The 2020 election of Tripoli Board of Directors is now underway.  There are six candidates vying for three open seats on the board of directors. Candidate resumes are available for review on the online voting system, as well as on our website at  


You will notice that Student Outreach seems to be a very important topic this year which is great to hear!


Please spend a few minutes to review the candidates' qualifications prior to submitting your votes.  If you are an active member of Tripoli, you should have received an email with instructions on how to place your vote.  You will need your Tripoli ID to cast your vote.  Voting will cease just prior to the Tripoli Annual Meeting on August 1st.

Looking for some great video clips from our awesome ROCKET TEAMS!!

May 20, 2020, 4:18 p.m. PDT by ESRA VP

The Spaceport America Cup would have been a just few weeks away, and everyone would be frantically putting on the final touches to their rocket projects.  Unfortunately, this pandemic hit us all pretty hard. Everyone is disappointed that we had to cancel.

So we'd like to see what your teams have been up to!  We invite you to send us any short (~30 seconds) video clips with the creative ways you have be working remotely on your rocket projects.  We would like to use them as part of our 2021 Spaceport America Cup new dates announcement.  Make sure to include LOTS of team and school logos and similar!  

Please email your YouTube link to .  If your video is selected, we will contact you and ask for a fileshare link to the best available resolution video file.   Please submit your video links no later than June 3rd.

Reply to this announcement if you have any questions.


Stay safe and we look forward to seeing everyone for the BIGGER AND BETTER 2021 Spaceport America Cup!

UPDATED 5/12 -- REMAINING 10 Teams need to submit their Refund Preference Form to reserve your 2021 Spaceport America Cup position

April 22, 2020, 5:42 p.m. PDT by ESRA VP

Still missing responses from 10 teams as of today.  Nearly every team has opted to reserve their spot for 2021 and forward their deposit from 2020 to 2021.  There will be VERY FEW SPOTS available for new teams next year.


If you see your team's name on this list, PLEASE RESPOND


The 2021 Spaceport America Cup will be nearly completely filled with returning 2020 teams who forwarded their deposit for 2021.  There will be VERY FEW spots available for new teams or for teams who requested a full refund. If your team fails to respond, your spot will be forfeited and you will have to compete for the precious few spots remaining for 2021.


The form is available on HeroX where all of the Interim Reports have been located.  

Here is a list of the teams who have not responded:

8Clark College
55Baltimore County
83Utah Valley


TEAMS - Make sure to respond to the REFUND PREFERENCE FORM soon

April 4, 2020, 11:34 a.m. PDT by ESRA VP

We've received responses from 64 teams as of today, which is far short of 50%.  So far, nearly every team has opted to reserve their spot for 2021 and forward their deposit from 2020 to 2021.  And that is great news!!


Note to all remaining teams - The 2021 Spaceport America Cup will likely be filled with a majority of teams who were accepted in 2020 and forwarded their deposit for 2021.  If this trend continues as expected, there will be VERY FEW spots available for new teams or for teams who requested a full refund.


The form is available on HeroX where all of the Interim Reports have been located.  

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