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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.
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Challenge 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.


Challenge Timeline

June 6, 2018, 6:30 a.m. PDT
Date Launched
June 6, 2018, 11 a.m. PDT
Sept. 28, 2018, 5 p.m. PDT
Registration Deadline
Oct. 1, 2018, 6 a.m. PDT
Phase 1
Jan. 11, 2019, 4:59 p.m. PST
Phase 1 Interim Update Due
March 22, 2019, 4:59 p.m. PDT
Phase 1 Preliminary Design Report Due
March 30, 2019, midnight PDT
Static Test Fire Demo
Four team leads and propulsion team members are strongly encouraged to attend.
June 24, 2019, midnight PDT
Phase 1 Winners Announced
Winners will be announced at the June 24th Next Frontier Event hosted at Caltech.
Nov. 8, 2019, 4:59 p.m. PST
Phase 2 Interim Report Due
Nov. 29, 2019, 4:59 p.m. PST
Hot Fire Testing Documents Due
The final date to submit static HOTFIRE testing documents (test stand design and procedures). More info:
May 30, 2020, midnight PDT
First Launch Window - CANCELED
Aug. 5, 2020, 1:03 p.m. PDT
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Dec. 5, 2020, midnight PST
Second Launch Window - CANCELED
Dec. 18, 2020, 4:59 p.m. PST
Phase 2 Critical Design Report Due
Exact deadline TBD based on COVID-19 restrictions being lifted. Phase 2 reports may be submitted in advance of this deadline for feedback by the judging panel.
Jan. 8, 2021, 4:59 p.m. PST
Static Test Firing Award Submissions Due
January 2021: Exact date TBD based on COVID-19 restrictions being lifted
May 15, 2021, midnight PDT
Third Launch Window
May 2021: Exact date TBD. Possibility of being canceled.
June 18, 2021, 4:59 p.m. PDT
Phase 3 "Launch Readiness Report" Deadline
Dec. 11, 2021, midnight PST
Last Launch Window
December 2021: Exact date TBD
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