HeroX, as well as soundingrocket.org 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