Congratulations to all of the selected teams.  ESRA and Spaceport America look forward to working with you over the next 8 months! NEW MEXICO BOUND!!!!

Out of 175 submitted applications, 158 teams have been selected to compete in the 2023 Spaceport America Cup.

HeroX, as well as website and our social media sites will all celebrate this announcement.

Based on feedback from student teams, ESRA will provide an email with details as to why a team's application was declined. This information will be emailed directly to the contacts listed in the application submission.  

Typically, application are declined for one or more 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 other 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, Mexico etc. are all fabulous opportunities to gain critical experience and expertise to enhance your application for the 2024 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.

For international teams seeking a formal acceptance letters, please send a request to

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

-The ESRA Team