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.
Project Technical Report Due

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!


Challenge Timeline

Sept. 27, 2021, 7:51 a.m. PDT
Date Launched
Oct. 1, 2021, 1 a.m. PDT
This is the unofficial timeline. The official timeline is located in the released IMS document on our website at:
Oct. 15, 2021, 5 p.m. PDT
Team Entry Form Due
Registration and submittal of Team Entry Forms officially closes as of October 15th, 2021
Oct. 18, 2021, 9 a.m. PDT
Evaluation of teams begins and continues over the duration of the competition.
Oct. 25, 2021, 8 p.m. PDT
Team Acceptance Annoucement
Teams selected to compete in the 2022 Spaceport America Cup will be announced through this site, and also on the website and social media.
Dec. 17, 2021, 9:59 p.m. PST
1st Interim Progress Report Due, Entry Fee Due
Deadline to submit Entry Fee and 1st Progress Report. All teams must submit this report by Dec 18th, 2021. The $200 Team Entry Fee is also due. Teams who have rolled over from previous years have already paid this fee. New teams can submit payments on
Feb. 17, 2022, 10 p.m. PST
2nd Interim Progress Report Due
Deadline to submit 2nd Progress Report. All teams must submit this report by Feb 18th, 2022.
April 21, 2022, 10 p.m. PDT
Deadline for refunds, $500 Rocket Fee Due, Rocketeer Fees can be paid
Deadline for any team refunds, $500 Rocket Fee Due, Rocketeer Fees can be paid. Payments can be made on
May 6, 2022, 9:59 p.m. PDT
3rd Interim Progress Report Due
Deadline to submit 3rd Interim Progress Report. All teams must submit this report by EOD May 6, 2022.
May 13, 2022, 5 p.m. PDT
Project Technical Report Due
Project Technical Report Due
Podium Session Materials Due
May 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m. PDT
You are here
June 20, 2022, 10 a.m. PDT
2022 Spaceport America Cup Onsite Registration
FULL Team On-Site Registration - Las Crucis Convention Center
10:00AM MST to 5:00pm MST
- Registration, pay remaining fees, T-Shirts, etc.
- Range Safety Inspection of Rocket
- Team Photo
- Recovery Team Safety Training
June 21, 2022, 8 a.m. PDT
2022 Spaceport America Cup Conference Day
Conference Day - Las Crucis Convention Center
6:00am MST Doors Open for Set up
7:00am MST Opening and Briefings
5:00pm MST Group Picture
June 22, 2022, 5 a.m. PDT
2022 Spaceport America Cup Launch Day 1
Launch Day 1 - Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area
June 23, 2022, 5 a.m. PDT
2022 Spaceport America Cup Launch Day 2
Launch Day 2 - Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area
June 24, 2022, 5 a.m. PDT
2022 Spaceport America Cup Launch Day 3
Launch Day 3 - Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area
June 25, 2022, 5 a.m. PDT
2022 Spaceport America Cup Launch Day 4
Launch Day 4 - Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area
Launches END AT 12 noon
June 25, 2022, 4 p.m. PDT
2022 Spaceport America Cup - Closing Awards Ceremony
2022 Spaceport America Closing Awards Ceremony - Pan American Center, Las Cruces

Challenge Updates

Important update - NMSU Dorm Rooms - DEADLINE for Payment

May 18, 2022, 2:33 p.m. PDT by ESRA VP

Any team that has contacted the NMSU Dorms about reserving rooms for your team, you have less than a week to contact them and confirm payment.


Also, any team who has not confirmed hotel arrangements for their team, you should do so immediately.

Frequency and GPS Management Form - All teams must COMPLETE BEFORE June 1, 2022

May 16, 2022, 12:30 p.m. PDT by ESRA VP

This is a simple form and will only require a few minutes to complete.


Deadline to submit the form is no later than June 1st, 2022.


Davinci (Mission Control Center) will be reviewing each team for compliance with the COTS GPS requirement and coordinating frequency usage by the teams. Please use an email address that is checked frequently. The point of contact listed will be contacted via email. Make sure "" is not directed to your SPAM folder. THIS FORM MUST BE COMPLETED to ensure your team can fly!


Information you will need to complete the form

1. What types of tracker and altimeters are you using?
2. How many RF transmitters are you using and what are their frequencies and protocols?
3. Team number?
4. University Name?
5. Rocket name?
6. What type of inter-team radios will be used, if any?
7. Is your rocket multi stage?
8. Any team members having HAM callsigns or other FCC approvals
9. List of team members and their Tripoli Rocketry Association numbers
10. Information required to download altimeter data


There will be no extension of the Technical Report deadline

May 11, 2022, 9:22 a.m. PDT by ESRA VP

ESRA understands and appreciates the pressures all of the teams are experiencing.  Your requests have been professional and courteous.  But with that being said, ESRA will not be extending the deadline for this critical report.

We look forward to seeing all of the teams in New Mexico next month.  It will be the largest gathering ever for IREC and our 15th anniversary!

Congratulations to all of the teams who have made it this far.  Press on and do your best!



May 10, 2022, 7:10 a.m. PDT by ESRA VP

Continue to get a lot of messages from student teams stating that they have not received any feedback on their Interim Progress Reports.


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE - If your email address is included as a contact on your Interim Progress Report, check your email system to make sure these critical emails were not caught in your SPAM folder.   This seems to be resolving about 50% of the issues reported.

Requirement for Project Technical Report "Weights, Measures, and Performance Data" Appendix

May 9, 2022, 7:15 a.m. PDT by ESRA Competition Rules


For this appendix, please include updated information from the following sections of the first and second progress updates:

  • From the second update: Rocket information
  • From the first update: Propulsion information
  • From the second update: Predicted flight data including charts as needed
  • From the second update: Recovery information

Note: For all of the above, please leave out the narrative/discussion sections.  Just include the numbers and charts.  

Bill Hanson

ESRA Competition Rules