Spaceport America Cup


Spaceport America Cup 2024

Join us as we host thousands of the world's most ambitious collegiate rocketeers in a one-of-a-kind event.
Team Acceptance Annoucement



Over 1,700 students and faculty will gather in southern New Mexico for the 7th annual Spaceport America Cup in June of 2024.  Drawn by the opportunity to collaborate and compete at a world class spaceport facility, you represent the best and brightest from more than 150 colleges and universities located across the USA and around the world. 

Join us as we host thousands of the world's 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 1,700 university STEM students from top ranked universities and colleges in a professional and competitive setting. Not only can your organization interact with them face to face but you can also learn about how their aerospace hardware performs in real world conditions. Finally, you will help make possible an event which inspires the best possible candidates for your company! 

As a Volunteer...

You will join a highly motivated and talented ESRA team which brings together the thousands of moving pieces to build the world's largest collegiate rocket engineering conference and competition. From directing crowds to directing launches and everything in between, we need you at the Spaceport America Cup! 

As a Judge...

You will join a group of respected experts and professionals who interact with the student teams to evaluate and score the deliverables, including technical design documents, overall team performance and launch success.  This team determines who will receive the coveted Genesis Trophy as the Overall Winner of the Spaceport America Cup.

As a Student... 

You will demonstrate your hard work on an international stage, in front of thousands 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!



Guidelines for Spaceport America Cup - Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) are hosted on our website! 

You'll want to review the following documents:

  • IREC Rules and Requirements Document
  • IREC Design, Test, and Evaluation Guide
  • Integrated Master Schedule


Challenge Updates

FAR Academic-Industry Liquid Rocket Symposium, Saturday, January 27th, 2024

Dec. 6, 2023, 6:17 a.m. PST by ESRA Executive Director

FAR Academic-Industry Liquid Rocket Symposium, Saturday, January 27th, 2024

The Friends of Amateur Rocketry organization is one of four sponsors of the 2nd Annual Academic-Industry Liquid Rocket Symposium. This symposium is about critical subjects dealing with liquid rocketry and university rocket teams. This is also a chance for students to network with other students who are engaged in university rocket teams that are actively building, testing, and launching liquid rockets.

We would like to invite all FAR members that are university or college engineering students on a liquid-rocket team to this symposium. If you are not one of these students but know someone who is, we would like you to invite them for us. FAR members who also represent the rocket industry and are interested in recruiting college graduates are also invited. This symposium is an all-day event on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Flabob Airport. The entry fee is $20. Food will be supplied.

Information on this symposium can be found on the FAR website at Symposium Information and students and industry representatives can register for the symposium at Symposium Registration.

Launch Rockets,
The FAR Guys

1st Interim Progress Report is NOW AVAILABLE - Deadline to submit is 5pm CENTRAL on Dec 15th, 2023

Dec. 4, 2023, 1:54 p.m. PST by ESRA Executive Director

Plan to submit your Progress Report at least 2 days prior to the deadline to avoid any "TECHNICAL" issues.  Late submissions will deduct points from your overall score or potentially have your team removed from the competition.  There will be no GRACE PERIOD or 48hr extension 


Nov. 30, 2023, 12:51 p.m. PST by ESRA Executive Director

All Cup related questions must be posted to HeroX forums.   Please remind your team members.

Free $1,000 credit for machining support from ProtoSpace!!!

Nov. 27, 2023, 9:46 a.m. PST by ESRA Executive Director

Free $1,000 credit for machining support from ProtoSpace!!!

ProtoSpace Mfg is the world's fastest aerospace and defense supplier. Its unique mass custom manufacturing system makes general sheet metal parts, machined parts and control system enclosures in 2-3 day nominal lead times, with no minimum order.

All teams registered in the 2024 Spaceport America Cup get a $1,000USD in-kind manufacturing credit for parts, panels and enclosures from ProtoSpace Mfg.

Learn more:

International VISA letter requests - only one per team

Nov. 27, 2023, 8:38 a.m. PST by ESRA Executive Director

The visa request form is configured so that many team members can be listed on the single form.