Base 11 Space Challenge: $1 million+ student rocketry prize

Are You Ready to Launch to Space?


The Base 11 Space Challenge is a $1 million+ prize for a student-led university 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. Annual competitions and prizes mark milestone achievements in the process including design of the liquid-fuel rocket, static testing of the engine, and smaller pop-up innovation challenges to be announced. The biggest purse, which is fully funded, is the $1 million prize for launching the rocket to the edge of space.

The mission behind the Base 11 Space Challenge is to dramatically increase the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talent in the United States with greater representation and inclusion of women and minorities, while empowering the future workforce with the education and skill-training necessary for jobs in the aerospace and related industries.

* The Base 11 Space Challenge is sponsored by National Rocketry League, LLC, a subsidiary of Base 11.



The Base 11 Space Challenge is open to student teams in the U.S. and Canada, and requires the written consent of the university sponsor. To increase diversity and inclusion, and to develop the school’s own talent pipeline, teams must develop an outreach plan to engage high schools and community college students.

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University of Michigan, Concordia University and Portland State University emerged as the front-runners in Phase 1 of the competition, the preliminary design phase. The teams were awarded $50,000 collectively, based on the evaluation by judges from Blue Origin, SpaceX, Reaction Research Society and Tripoli Rocketry Association.

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Safety is of utmost importance to this challenge. A team of nationally recognized safety experts developed Safety Guidelines for the student teams participating in the challenge. Further, each team has a designated a Safety Officer who maintains detailed safety logs and ensures team members complete mandatory Safety Training. Additionally, in-person safety trainings have been held twice.

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