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Base 11 Space Challenge

Base 11 Space Challenge

The Base 11 Space Challenge is a $1M+ prize for the first student-led team to design, build and launch a liquid-fueled rocket to space. Read Overview...

Are you ready to launch to space?


The Base 11 Space Challenge is a $1M + prize for a student-led team to design, build and launch a liquid-propelled, single stage rocket to an altitude of 100 kilometers (the Karman Line) by December 30, 2021.


The future of the economy resides in space and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) sectors.  Indeed, the global space industry is projected to top $3 trillion dollars in the next 30 years, and the White House has re-launched the National Space Council to help accelerate commercial space exploration.  Many posit that efficient and affordable space travel is essential to the human race. But the number one resource needed to support the space industry is human capital. The current aerospace talent pipeline is in crisis.

We want to dramatically increase and empower the STEM talent in the United States, and we believe you are the solution.

The Base 11 Space Challenge will motivate universities to bolster their rocketry programs and to empower students to learn far more than the theory of liquid propulsion systems by providing access to critical resources and to world-class experts.  Students will acquire expertise in rocket safety, learn how to navigate flight regulations, and develop the essential skills of teamwork and innovation that are most in demand by forward-looking companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, Google, Virgin Galactic, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Dassault Systèmes, and Boeing. Teams will be encouraged to conduct outreach and provide mentorship to community college and high school students to better develop the STEM talent pipeline that includes women and ethnicities traditionally underrepresented in STEM.

Teams that participate in this Challenge will gain real-world experience in engineering, prototyping, testing, failure analysis, data management, teamwork, collaboration, and innovation. Additionally, team members are guaranteed interviews with at least one corporate partner.

Base 11 has teamed with Dassault Systèmes, who will offer their 3D design and simulation software to university teams free of charge and will waive fees for student team members to earn industry-recognized SOLIDWORKS and Catia certifications.  


* The Base 11 Space Challenge is sponsored by National Rocketry League, LLC, a subsidiary of Base 11.


Base 11 is a nonprofit workforce and entrepreneur development company on a mission to solve one of the country’s biggest problems: The growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent crisis fueled by the underrepresentation of women and ethnic minorities. Together with our partners, we are leading the STEM Revolution.

Our most revolutionary idea is this: that by fostering collaboration between forward-looking industry veterans and passionate, persistent students from high schools and colleges, we can transform high-potential, low-resource college and high school students into the STEM talent that industry so desperately needs. And in the process, we can transform lives and build a sustainable middle class for ALL Americans.

So what are you waiting for? Join the STEM Revolution.

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UBC engineering students aim for the stars to go to space

July 14, 2019, midnight PDT
A UBC engineering team is shooting for the stars and setting its sights high — about 100 kilometres high

PSU team places 3rd in international space challenge competition

July 9, 2019, 1 a.m. PDT
If all goes according to plan, by December 2021 students from Portland State University will be the first group to launch a liquid-fueled rocket that makes it to the edge of space.

MASA wins first place in Phase One of Base 11 Space Challenge

June 28, 2019, 7 a.m. PDT
Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA) is the winner of the Best Preliminary Design award in Phase One of the Base 11 Space Challenge.

SpaceQ: Concordia University and UBC Have Strong Showing at Base 11 Rocket Challenge

June 26, 2019, midnight PDT
As rocketry teams from across Canada prepare for next weeks 2019 Spaceport America Cup, another competition, the BASE 11 Space Challenge has just wrapped up its Phase 1 Preliminary Design Review (PDR) which saw impressive results by Concordia University and the University of British Columbia rocketry teams.

Geekwire: OK Go contest winners will launch their cosmic creations on Blue Origin spaceship

June 26, 2019, midnight PDT
Meanwhile, another space contest for students has made a round of awards: The Base 11 Space Challenge, a rocketry competition with more than $1 million in prizes, gave out $50,000 to three Phase 1 winners on the basis of their rocket designs.