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.

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2024 Spaceport America Cup - Closing Awards Ceremony

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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

2024 Technical Documents are now AVAILABLE for download

July 5, 2024, 3:49 p.m. PDT by ESRA Executive Director

Final Scores have been posted on

July 3, 2024, 9:12 p.m. PDT by ESRA Executive Director

Congratulations to all of the teams.  It was a great year!


Team Video Challenge Entries are uploaded to YouTube

July 1, 2024, 8:01 a.m. PDT by ESRA Livestream Logan Herrera

All Team Video Challenge entries and Live Rocket Video Challenge are uploaded to YouTube. The playlists are:

Please alert us if there are any errors or omissions at and  

Tentative Date Survey for 2025 Spaceport America Cup

June 30, 2024, 12:12 p.m. PDT by ESRA Executive Director

Normal week (June 16-21, 2025) has issues with White Sands supporting us on Juneteenth holiday

Week before has better weather outlook but interferes with many school schedules

The week after may be the best option but the weather outlook brings us closer to monsoon season.

Please consider this when filling out the form.  ESRA is focused on reasons why a team COULD NOT attend, versus personal preference.

Team Photos are being uploaded to ESRA Flickr site

June 26, 2024, 5:59 p.m. PDT by ESRA Executive Director

ABout 50% of the teams uploaded as of 6/26 8pm