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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.

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Challenge Updates

Another Space Tech Prize Opportunity!

July 14, 2020, 4:43 p.m. PDT by Christine Byrd

Have a space technology you'd like to bring to market?  The Vernadsky Challenge is an annual grant opportunity for innovators in space technology, as well as in bioelectronics. The competition offers prizes worth up to ~$75,000 USD. Plus, past Vernadsky Challenge winners have gone on to participate in CES and TechCrunch Disrupt, raised capital on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, or received grants and investment from other contests and venture funds.

Applications for the 2020 Vernadsky Challenge are due September 1. Visit to learn more and download the application form.

Feel free to discuss the prize in the comments, but please direct any questions to the Vernadsky Challenge.

Good luck!

Webinar Recordings & Materials Available

June 25, 2020, 6:35 a.m. PDT by Christine Byrd

If you missed the webinars hosted by Dassault Systèmes on Aeronautical Product Development Process and Finite Element Analysis with 3DEXPERIENCE, the recordings are available on YouTube.

The videos for fluids simulation that were discussed in the Finite Element Analysis webinar can be viewed here:

In addition, the files for the demos of the 3DX motor bracket simulation are available here:

Thanks to all who attended the webinars! If you have requests for additional webinar topics from Dassault Systèmes, please suggest them in the comments.

Webinar in 6/9: Finite Element Analysis with 3DEXPERIENCE

June 4, 2020, 11 a.m. PDT by Christine Byrd

Next week, Base 11 Space Challenge partner Dassault Systèmes will present a webinar, "Finite Element Analysis with 3DEXPERIENCE." The goal of this  webinar is to present the process to follow to do an FEA Analysis with 3DEXPERIENCE. We will cover a tool for simple analysis (structural, linear, small displacements), as well as a tool for more advanced analysis (preparing your model, managing your data, and accessing the simulation results). We will also make an overview of fluid analysis.

What: Finite Element Analysis with 3DEXPERIENCE

When: Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 5-6 p.m. (EDT)

Where: Register for the webinar here. 

Missed last month's webinar on Aeronautical Product Development Process? This and other  webinars about using 3DEXPERIENCE for the Base 11 Space Challenge can be accessed here.

Webinar on 5/19: Aeronautical Product Development Process

May 13, 2020, 5:15 p.m. PDT by Christine Byrd

Base 11 Space Challenge partner Dassault Systèmes is offering a virtual training session for university teams competing in the challenge. The goal of the webinar is to present an overview of some engineering product development best practices for developing new products in aerospace. It starts from requirements for a complex product and proceeds to engineering, analysis, optimization and manufacturing tasks definition/documentation.

On the analysis section, an example of a FEA analysis using 3DEXPERIENCE will be presented.

What: Aeronautical Product Development Process Webinar

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 5-6 p.m. (EDT)


You can also dial in using your phone.

(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (646) 749-3129

- One-touch: tel:+16467493129,,221482037#

Access Code: 221-482-037

Phase 2 Report Requirements Available & Deadline Extension

May 4, 2020, 6:38 a.m. PDT by Christine Byrd

The  Base 11 Space Challenge Phase 2 Report Template is now available on HeroX.

We know this is a difficult period for everyone, and we wish all of our Base 11 students and their families health and safety in this remarkable time. All  teams have been affected by the school closures and stay-at-home orders put in place to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The Phase 2 Report deadline has been extended until December 2020. When it is time to submit your Phase 2 Report, you will be sharing files via two platforms, just as with Phase 1:

  • HeroX Submission form (available at a later date)
  • 3DEXPERIENCE Platform (instructions here)

As always, it's best not to wait til the last minute.  If possible, teams are strongly encouraged  to work on any aspects of the Phase 2 Report that do not require in-person meetings or testing.  Remember, unexpected challenges come up in real-world engineering projects all the time, and require flexibility and creativity. This is one of those times.

NOTE:  New Thrust Termination Requirement

In the Phase 2 Report Template you will notice a new section on thrust termination. Details about this new requirement will be published in a separate document, following a final review from the Safety Council and our partners. Please include the details as described in that new document in this section of your Phase 2 report.


Thank you all for your hard work and dedication now, as always. 

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