Spaceport America Cup


Spaceport America Cup 2022

Join us as we host thousands of the worlds most ambitious collegiate rocketeers in a one of a kind event.
Team Acceptance Annoucement

Challenge Overview


Over 1,500 students and faculty will gather in Southern New Mexico for the fourth annual Spaceport America Cup in 2022.  Drawn by the opportunity to collaborate and compete at a world class spaceport facility, you represent the best and brightest from more than 150 institutions located all across the USA and around the world. 

Join us as we host thousands 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 could interact with over a thousand 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 together the thousands of moving pieces to build the worlds largest 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

For all Accepted Teams - Please update your HeroX Team Name and Logo on the Teams Page

Oct. 26, 2021, 8:26 p.m. PDT by ESRA VP

Here's the correct format:

Round Logo   University Name   Rocketry Team Name

All team captains should check their HeroX Team ASAP.


2022 Spaceport America Cup Team Selections

Oct. 25, 2021, 4:24 p.m. PDT by ESRA VP

Congratulations to all of the selected teams.  ESRA and Spaceport America look forward to working with you over the next 8 months and celebrating your launch at the Vertical Launch Area next June.   NEW MEXICO BOUND!!!!

2022 Cup Team Selections to be made Monday evening (~7pm CST).

Oct. 24, 2021, 9:12 p.m. PDT by ESRA VP

HeroX, as well as website and our social media sites will all herald the announcement.


150 teams have been selected, and 40 have unfortunately been declined.


Before the announcements are made, please be reminded that ESRA will not provide specific details to why an application was declined.  But rest assured, it was one of the following reasons:

  • Poor overall quality of the application, lacking detail, incorrect or missing data
  • Team lacked sufficient experience to safely design, build and launch a rocket in that specific category
  • Team did not follow rules and regulations or standards set forth in the DTEG

For teams who were declined, it is highly recommended that you seek similar opportunities to compete and/or launch in your region.  The number of international rocketry competitions has "skyrocketed" over the last 3 years.  Latin America, Australia, Canada, Europe, Turkey, etc. are all fabulous opportunities to gain critical experience and expertise to enhance your application for the 2023 Spaceport America Cup.  In the US, teams should look to compete in the Argonia Cup or any of the great events at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry (FAR) site in southern California.

For those teams who will be competing this year, ESRA is working hard to make this not only the largest, but the best Cup event ever held.  Over the next few weeks, there will be many updates and requests to student team leaders.  Please respond to these as quickly as possible to ensure your team is 100% prepared.

June is only a short 8 months away.  Get busy with your designing, building and testing! 

-Andy Berger


Launch Director, Spaceport America Cup

1 day left to submit your applications

Oct. 14, 2021, 5:56 a.m. PDT by ESRA VP

ESRA has only received 30 applications so far even though there are well over 150 teams in our HeroX teams section.


To answer a very common question - YES - ALL 2020 and 2021 teams (including those who rolled over their applications) MUST SUBMIT A NEW APPLICATION!


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, do not wait until the last moment to submit these.  Don't miss out on this opportunity!

Greetings from the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association

Oct. 2, 2021, 1:35 p.m. PDT by ESRA VP

Welcome everyone!

I cannot tell you how excited we all are to begin working again on plans for the 2022 Spaceport America Cup!   This will be the largest and most exciting event we've ever attempted!


With the growth of the event, ESRA has noticed some possible issues with some of the groups applying.


As a reminder to everyone, the Spaceport America Cup is a COLLEGIATE competition. Each team must submit a School Participation Letter from school officials which validates all students are all actively attending the same university.  

  • Teams with high school students included are not allowed
  • <CORRECTED> Teams with students from multiple universities are allowed. However, the need for this must be consistent with significant geographic challenges of forming a team at a single school. No "All-Star" teams will be allowed.
  • Only recent graduates (for example, graduating in Dec 2021) would still be allowed to compete in 2022.


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