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.
2022 Spaceport America Cup - Closing Awards Ceremony

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 Updates

Media Updates and Video Challenge

June 28, 2022, 9:36 p.m. PDT by Dustin Koehler

Due to the launch delays, and competition award delays, we have decided to give teams a little more time to submit videos for the challenge. We also have a separate link to upload any pictures and videos for use in ESRA social media. ESRA will also start posting as much of our media as possible over the weekend. 


Video Challenge Deadline: 

Friday by COB. Videos will be scored through the holiday weekend. Here is the dropbox link for submitting. Remember, you do not require a dropbox account to submit files.


Social media submissions: 

Please donate any media you think would be good to use for our social media and future videos. Please be sure to add your info the the metadata if you want use to keep track of it.



GoPro Video Challenge

June 25, 2022, 9:21 a.m. PDT by Dustin Koehler

We have not received any submissions. Here are some reminders and a Dropbox link to submit. 

These do not have to be shot on GoPro. Submissions need to be ASAP. There are 3 types of videos to score. You can compete in any 3 types.

  1. Full teem video including some clips from the event and a flight video clip. 
  2. Launch footage. Can be one or more videos from different angles. Onboard or not. 
  3. Best 360 video footage of launch.

Include you team number, and the type of video. Ex: 

Team XXX - Full Video

Team XXX - Launch Footage

Team XXX - 360

Any formats acceptable. 

Submit to dropbox link.

Award Ceremony Update

June 25, 2022, 9:13 a.m. PDT by Dustin Koehler

This is an update for tonights ceremonies.

6pm to 7pm is the Ice cream social. We will have more ESRA swag for sale, and playing some videos. 

7pm to 9pm will be the awards ceremony starting with key note speeches.

Road Condition Update for Friday, June 24th

June 24, 2022, 4:50 a.m. PDT by ESRA VP

Road Condition alert for all Spaceport America Cup participants. Reports from travelers are that the Las Cruces route to the VLA is open and good to go.

Travelers from Truth or Consequences are being directed to go south on I-25, taking exit 32 to Upham and Spaceport America.


June 22, 2022, 9:14 p.m. PDT by ESRA VP

Any team with a COVID positive member must quarantine the member until they test negative and all team members must wear masks during any Cup activities.  

Under no circumstances will a COVID positive team member be allowed to participate onsite in any capacity.