Press Release

$1M+ University Space Challenge to be Launched

By SpaceRef Editor
May 22, 2018
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Base 11 to announce $1 million+ student space competition to increase STEM talent and prepare the future aerospace workforce.

EVENT DATE: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

TIME: 11:00 AM -12:30 PM (PDT)

WHO: Base 11 (, a non-profit, 501c3 workforce and entrepreneur development company working to increase STEM talent with greater representation of women and minorities.

WHAT: Event to launch the $1 million+ Space Challenge for a student-led university team to design, build and launch a liquid-propelled, single-stage rocket to an altitude of 100 km (the Karman Line) by December 30, 2021. The Base 11 Space Challenge launches will be held at Spaceport America, New Mexico.


Live Event: Tomorrow’s Aerospace Museum, 961 W Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90220


Press Conference to follow event: Call in information will be provide upon RSVP to

Speakers & Video Presentations: 

Landon Taylor, CEO, Base 11; Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Founder, XPRIZE, SEDS; Astronaut Dr. Franklin Chang Diaz, Founder, Ad Astra; Al Bunshaft, SVP Global Affairs Americas, Dassault Systèmes North America; Michelle Murray, Director, FAA; Dan Hicks, CEO, NM Spaceport Authority;  Dr. Gregory Washington, Dean, Samueli School of Engineering at University of California, Irvine and Chair, Engineering Deans Council Executive Board of the American Society for Engineering Education; and Student University Rocket Teams.

WHY IMPORTANT: The Base 11 Space Challenge is supported by universities, industry, government, and individual donors, mentors and volunteers, interested in increasing underrepresented groups in the aerospace and related industries. Student participants will develop skills and real world experience in industry level safety protocols, systems engineering, propulsion, electronics, bench testing, computer aided design (CAD), navigation, flight regulation, diversity and inclusion, business development, teamwork, and innovation.


Registration opens in June. Teams that have declared their intent to participate include: Purdue University, University of Southern California (USC), UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, Cal State Long Beach, and University of Toronto. Students will be represented at the live event and press conference.

PRESS KIT to be posted online at: and will include: Press Release, Videos and Photos, Bios of Speakers, Challenge Guidelines, Q&A and Fact Sheet

INTERVIEWS with any of our speakers and students can be arranged through Diane Murphy



Diane Murphy (; +1.310.658.8756

SpaceRef staff editor.