The American Rocketry Challenge 15 June - 30 June 2021 The Plains, Virginia


Organized by AIA and the National Association of Rocketry, provides high school students with an opportunity to compete in the nation’s largest student rocket competition. AIAA is proud to support this program by providing technical mentors and the opportunity to expose students to rocket challenges, fun, and the comradery that underpins the aerospace profession.

2021 Competition Changes and Updates

The safety of the American Rocketry Challenge community is our top priority. To protect our teams, teachers, mentors, and their families during the COVID-19 crisis, while still building the next generation of STEM leaders, we are making three key changes to the 2021 National Finals:


The National Finals will now take place in mid-late June 2021. This extra time will provide teams with more opportunities to build and launch their rockets. This also means that the revised deadline for qualification flights is now May 17, 2021.


The 2021 National Finals will occur at ten or more regional launch sites in order to limit the number of people that gather at any one site and to minimize team travel requirements. Regional launch sites will be selected based on the location of this year’s finalists.


We are reviewing our prize structure for the 2021 contest, given the cancellation of the Paris Air Show.  Standby for another update unveiling new categories and cash prizes in the coming weeks.

For more information about The American Rocketry Challenge visit To learn how to become a mentor, please contact Jeremy Davis at 703.358.1000 or

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