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.
1st Interim Progress Report Due, Entry Fee 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!

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Challenge Updates

2022 Spaceport America Cup Online Streaming Team

Jan. 16, 2022, 8:27 a.m. PST by ESRA VP

For the 2022 Spaceport America Cup, ESRA has been actively putting together an Online Streaming Team in order to provide live action video of the event to everyone who cannot attend in person. This system will include robotic cameras at the pads, human operated cameras and drone footage to provide you an amazing experience.


Over the next few weeks, you may see some of our testing from our Youtube Channel. We have finalized our hardware and network design and are now practicing our production operations.


With that said, I invite everyone to please subscribe to the Official ESRA Youtube Channel


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Student teams can no longer camp overnight onsite at Spaceport America

Jan. 5, 2022, 2:21 p.m. PST by ESRA VP

Spaceport America will no longer allow student team camping overnight on Spaceport America.  Students must depart the Vertical Launch Area no later than 12m and may re-enter at 4am.

You may leave your canopy/tables/chairs etc overnight at the Spaceport but please be aware that neither ESRA nor Spaceport America will be providing any security so it is at your own risk.


There are numerous campgrounds available in the local area.


As always, making reservations as early as possible will ensure you are not scrambling at the last minute to find an available location.

Flyers of Record for COTS and SRAD Solid Category Teams

Dec. 21, 2021, 8:22 p.m. PST by ESRA VP

Over the next few weeks, ESRA will begin contacting your FoRs to ensure they are aware of the requirements for being a FoR.


I would HIGHLY recommend you contact your FoR and have a thorough discussion prior to ESRA contacting them.


Flyers of Record should understand the following:

  • They are to be onsite with the student team for rocket preparations 
  • They should be completely familiar with the rocket as if they built it themselves
  • They will be part of the pad team to ensure the rocket is properly prepared on the pad
  • The FoRs name will be on the flight card
  • Once the flight is complete, the FoR no longer needs to remain onsite, if they wish

Again, please make sure your FoR is aware he/she will be required to be onsite for the launch.

URGENT - The following teams have not submitted their 1st Interim Progress Report

Dec. 18, 2021, 1:22 p.m. PST by ESRA VP

If your team is on this list, you have missed the deadline for submitting your form.  The form is available for a short period longer.  Failure to submit required Interim Progress Reports will cause your team to be removed from the competition.  Delayed reports will possibly deduct points from your overall scores.  ESRA understands that many teams were in the middle of Final exams and we will do a better job of scheduling these reports next year.


That being said, 95% of the submissions were within the last 48 hours, which is becoming more common. Please try to be mindful of the deadlines and plan accordingly.


6 Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

18 Cornell University

20 Australian National University

29 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

54 Missouri University of Science and Technology

66 Washington State University Vancouver

67 Polytechnique Montre al

83 Rutgers University

86 Instituto Tecnolagico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

91 The University of Edinburgh

98 University of Brazil

115 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

143 University of York

151 National University of Singapore (waiting on HeroX to update their form)

School participation letters

Dec. 9, 2021, 8:40 a.m. PST by ESRA VP

Spaceport America will have an application available to request School participation letters on in January.

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