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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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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

8 Hours Remaining to Submit!

March 22, 2019, 8:59 a.m. PDT by Joeana Lutha Mae Villo

If you're still assembling your submission, you have exactly 8 hours left to complete it! Remember, if you're planning to submit today, be sure to get it in well before the 4:59 pm PT deadline!

Here's a Tip: HeroX recommends innovators plan to submit with at least a 3-hour window of time before the true deadline. Last-minute technical problems and unforeseen roadblocks have been the cause of many headaches. Don't let that be you!

24 Hours Remaining!

March 21, 2019, 4:59 p.m. PDT by Kyla Jeffrey

Greeting Space Challenge Teams!

Just a reminder you have 24 hours left to submit your Preliminary Design Reviews via the HeroX platform! All submissions are due at 4:59 pm PT on Friday, March 22nd.

Here are some last minute tips for your entries:

  • Be concise and clear. Aim to make it as easy as possible for the judges to review your submissions. Utilize appendices to provide additional background and justifications for your design
  • Review the Phase 1 judging criteria here: http://bit.ly/B11P1Judging
  • Access the Phase 1 report template here: http://bit.ly/B11P1Report
  • Don't forget to update your team roster and safety logs! These fields are now available on the submission form.
  • All insurance documents and university authorization forms must be submitted by March 22nd at 4:59 pm PT. Please send these documents to spacechallenge@base11.com.

Best of luck and we look forward to receiving your submissions!

Four Day Warning

March 18, 2019, 11:43 a.m. PDT by Joeana Lutha Mae Villo

This is your official four-day reminder for your Preliminary Design Review!

That's right, the Preliminary Design Reviews will be due this coming March 22, 2019, 4:59 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

Please be sure to complete your submission form well before the exact cut-off time.

At exactly 4:59 p.m. PDT, we can no longer accept new submissions!

Got questions?

Now is the time to speak up! Comment directly on this update with any questions about the submission process and we'll get back to you right away!

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