This is the location for all of the FAQs associated with the 2021 Virtual Spaceport America Cup Competition.
What's the deal?
ESRA and Spaceport America have been working hard behind the scenes and were very hopeful that the 2021 Spaceport America Cup could be held as-planned in June. However, due to conditions in the State of New Mexico (such as large group restrictions, many facilities are not available), global travel restrictions (almost all international teams are facing restrictions on travel to the USA), and even travel restrictions by domestic US universities, we made the collective decision to turn the 2021 event into a virtual competition. We hope you'll join us as this provides all teams an opportunity to compete for awards as well as participate in technical forums, keynote speeches, and the many sponsors we have who are interested in recruiting talented college students.
What about team entry fee deposits? Will there be additional costs for the 2021 Virtual Spaceport America Cup?
All teams MUST choose one of the following options with respect to their deposits (see form on HeroX):
- Choose to roll their deposits and reserve a spot for the 2022 Spaceport America Cup
- Choose a refund and lose their guaranteed spot for 2022
The 2021 Virtual Spaceport America Cup will be a special and separate competition. Teams who plan to participate should continue to provide progress reports and technical reports per the timeline on HeroX. There will be a small fee to attend the virtual event and ESRA is working hard to keep costs as low as possible. Pricing details are being worked now and will be announced when available.
Should we provide the 2nd Progress Report on March 5th and the Project Technical Report on May 14th?
Yes, if you plan to compete this year. The 2021 Virtual Spaceport America Cup will be evaluating progress reports, technical paper submissions, podium session presentations, and poster sessions as part of the regular scoring criteria defined in the IREC Rules and Requirements Document. If your team does not plan to participate in the virtual competition, then no further submissions are required.
Is the SDL Payload Competition still happening?
Yes, if you plan to compete this year. The SDL Payload competition is also virtual this year. SDL will be evaluating your submissions for awards and prizes as defined on the SDL Payload Competition page.
Should we continue building our rocket? Can we include test results in the technical report?
ESRA is working with the TRA (Tripoli Rocketry Association) to offer some limited opportunities for launches at regional Tripoli Prefectures around the US. Please consider reaching out to one of these groups to see what would be required to launch your rocket at one of their sites.
Teams are encouraged to include any test results in their technical paper submissions.