Press Release

2021 Spaceport America Cup Dates Announced

By SpaceRef Editor
June 19, 2020
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Spaceport America is pleased to announce dates and plans for the 2021 event. The Spaceport America Cup be held June 22–26, 2021 and is anticipated to be the largest competition in event history with an all-new competition category.  

The Spaceport America Cup is the largest intercollegiate rocketry competition in the world and draws thousands of students and spectators to southern New Mexico each year. In 2019, the event had 120 teams from 14 different countries, and the 2020 event was slated to have an even bigger pool of competitors with 200 teams from 154 universities across 17 countries.

“Each year, the Spaceport America Cup is growing, as is the aerospace industry,” said Dan Hicks, CEO of Spaceport America. “While we are saddened to cancel the 2020 event, we know it was the safest and smartest decision to protect students, sponsors and spectators. As we look ahead to 2021, we are thrilled to announce expanded competition categories that will make the event even more exciting and will hopefully draw in even more student teams.”

Competing in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition, American and international university students launch solid, liquid, and hybrid rockets to target altitudes of 10,000 and 30,000 feet. In addition to these competition categories, the 2021 Spaceport America Cup will also feature an all-new mini competition event—the Kron Technologies Team Video Challenge. Competing teams will submit a two- to three-minute video, chronicling their team’s journey throughout the year, culminating in their launch at the Spaceport America Cup.

The 2020 Spaceport America Cup was canceled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

For more information on the Spaceport America Cup, visit

About Spaceport America:

Spaceport America ( is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, has a rocket friendly environment of 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot runway, vertical launch complexes, and about 340 days of sunshine and low humidity. Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, Boeing, UP Aerospace, EXOS Aerospace, and SpinLaunch.

Media Contact for Spaceport America
Alice Carruth, Public Relations Coordinator
(575) 528-8227

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