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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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REMINDER - November 29, 2019 is the final date to submit static HOTFIRE testing documents (test stand design and procedures)

Aug. 3, 2019, 12:44 p.m. PDT by Andy Berger

Teams have 3 months to complete this critical requirement so please don't forget.  Your team will not be allowed to proceed if you do not submit your design by this date. As of today, only two teams have completed this requirement.

Approval to Begin Static Test Firing

Static test firing of engines is a critical part of the Base 11 Space Challenge  but it is also one of the most hazardous steps in the process of building a rocket.  Prior to performing any static test firing of engines, teams must submit their engine test stand design and static test firing procedure for review.  The National Rocketry League, LLC., the Safety Advisory Council, and the judges will review test stand design and test firing procedure to ensure that they are acceptable and well thought out.  This review is a straight-forward go/no go decision. Teams must receive approval before any test firing attempts are made.  Review of a team’s test stand design and test firing procedure can occur anytime after November 2018.  The deadline for submitting designs and firing procedures for review is November 29, 2019. Additional information can be found the document Requirements for Static Test Firing Approval.

Phase 1 Finalists!

June 12, 2019, 1:18 p.m. PDT by Tia Tucker


We have been thrilled with the overwhelming response and quality of submissions for the Phase 1 PDR. You should be very proud of your team and all of your colleagues in this competition! A wide variety of innovative designs were submitted, and the judging process has been difficult!

*******Drumroll Please*******

Phase 1 Finalists:

Concordia University

Portland State University

University of British Columbia

University of California - San Diego

University of Michigan

Look out for comments and feedback from the judging panel on your submission in the next few weeks.

The finalists will be presenting at the Next Frontier event at Caltech on June 24, where the winners of $50,000 in prizes will be announced!


Also at the NEXT FRONTIER event......

-Hear the keynote from NASA astronaut and former NFL wide receiver Leland Melvin

-Network with Space Challenge Partners including special guests from Blue Origin, NASA, and Dassault Systèmes

-Meet rocketry enthusiast who are excited about student-led challenge activities


If you haven't registered yet, here's the link:



Win up to $1k in Cash Prizes: The B11 Space Challenge Social Media Challenge!

May 30, 2019, 4:09 p.m. PDT by Jade Kim


YOU ARE INVITED to the NEXT FRONTIER TOUR with NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin

April 15, 2019, 4:44 p.m. PDT by Tia Tucker


Hi Space Challengers!


For more info visit: 



Already on-board? Register here



  • Maximum of 3 attendees per team/school
  • Yes, Phase 1 winners will be announced at the event
  • No, this event is not mandatory
  • No, funding is not provided for travel 
  • Yes, Phase 1 finalist will be notified before this event


Tip: there will be an opportunity to meet with some of our industry partners, so get those digital portfolios and resumes ready! 


Please email spacechallenge@base11.com if you have questions. 

Firefly demonstration static test fire schedule

March 28, 2019, 8:22 p.m. PDT by Andy Berger

Saturday, March 30, 2019

8:45 am    Meet at North Point Meeting Venue 
                 1320 Arrow Point Dr. Building I. 
                 Cedar Park, TX 78613 


9am - 10am    Firefly Presentation (North Point Venue) 

10am - 11:30am   Safety Briefing by Base 11 Space Challenge Q&A with a Firefly Engineer 

11:30am - 12:30pm   Lunch & Learn “3D Experience Platform” 

12:30pm - 1pm     Walk through Firefly Aerospace headquarters 

1pm - 1:30pm      Drive to Firefly Aerospace Test Site 

1:30pm - 1:45pm  Live engine test 

1:45pm - 3:15pm    Test Site Tour 

3:15pm - 4pm     Drive to North Point Meeting Venue 

4pm         Adjourn Notes

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