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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. 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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What's the record for a university bipropellant rocket?

Aug. 15, 2018, 10 a.m. PDT by Christine Byrd

We were recently asked what the current altitude record is for a student-built liquid-fuel rocket. That question turned out to be surprisingly difficult to answer.  Check out our blog post, What's the record for a university liquid bipropellant rocket? to see what we discovered, and weigh in on any launches we may have missed.



After all, it is rocket science! Learn how to enter the Base 11 Space Challenge!

Aug. 14, 2018, 10 a.m. PDT by Stefania Brandner

Join the webinar on Aug 22, 2018 12:00 PM PST to find out how you can meet the Base 11 submission requirements!

How to Enter the Base 11 Space Challenge
Aug 22, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM PST


Join our live presentation on Aug 22, to learn the ins and outs of entering the Base 11 Space Challenge.  If you are a student, faculty, or administrator you’ll want to join us!​ This webinar was developed to bring your team closer to the $1M prize! By attending, you can expect to come away with:

  • Your specific questions addressed!
  • Clarity around the Team Entry Submission
  • Knowledge on being sanctioned by your university

Save your Seat!

Hope to see you on Aug 22! 
Share this webinar with your team and network!

"Unleashing your creativity and helping change the world"

Aug. 10, 2018, 10 a.m. PDT by Christine Byrd

Peter Diamandis is the co-founder of the XPRIZE, one of the inspirations behind the Base 11 Space Challenge. He says this competition is about "unleashing your creativity and helping change the world."  For a little inspiration, check out the rest of his message to you and your potential teammates below.  Have you checked out the team entry form yet?  The deadline for teams to enter is next month!

If you never want to miss a video from Base 11, head on over to our YouTube page and click subscribe. We appreciate it!

Pop-up Innovation Challenge: Design a logo to go to space!

July 18, 2018, 12:17 p.m. PDT by Christine Byrd

The first pop-up innovation challenge is a special one because ANY student in kindergarten through college can participate. Could be your little sister, your cousin, your friend who's an art major. The Send Your Logo to Space competition invites students to design the logo for the $1 million+  Base 11 Space Challenge! The logo will become the face of a brand, and get sent to space! Plus, there are $2,500 in prizes for winning logos.  Learn more and feel free to invite your friends to sign up!

Save the Date: MANDATORY Safety Training Oct. 13

July 5, 2018, 4:26 p.m. PDT by Kyla Jeffrey

Is your university planning on participating in the Base 11 Space Challenge? If so, please save the date for the MANDATORY Safety Training.

When: Saturday, October 13 (all day). We suggest that you plan to travel on Friday, October 12 and return home on Sunday, October 14.

Where:  You may choose the location that is most convenient for you:

  • Cal State Long Beach, California, US
  • Purdue, Indiana, US
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada (exact location TBD)

Who: Chief Safety Officer PLUS one additional team member of your choosing, from each team.  Your team will not be permitted to continue in the Base 11 Space Challenge if two team members do not attend the Safety Training.

Further details will be provided closer to the date.  If you have any questions, please post them on the forum

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