The Kerbal Rocketry Challenge

The Kerbal Rocketry Challenge is back in 2021 for its second year! We’re excited to again partner with Private Division, publishers of the hit astrophysics and aerospace video game, Kerbal Space Program, to bring you a new virtual contest with $4,500 in prizes.

Working virtually in Kerbal Space Program, you and your team will be taking on the role of managers of a newly commissioned aerospace firm that is tasked with a special mission. Last year, you planted a flag on the Moon. This year, we’re taking it a step further and asking you to create a self-sustaining Mun base.

 

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2021 Kerbal Rocketry Challenge is Here

The in-person 2021 competition may be over, but this year’s competition continues online with the second annual Kerbal Rocketry Challenge! It’s your chance to compete for $4,500 in prizes.

Working virtually in Kerbal Space Program, you and your team will be taking on the role of managers of a newly commissioned aerospace firm that is tasked with a special mission. Last year, you planted a flag on the Moon. This year, we’re taking it a step further and asking you to create a self-sustained Mun base complete with housing for astronauts and a resource production module. Special thanks again to Private Division, publishers of the hit astrophysics and aerospace video game, Kerbal Space Program.

All students currently registered for the 2021 American Rocketry Challenge received a free copy of Kerbal Space Program. That’s right! We’re gave our students a FREE video game to compete in this competition.

Registration Information

Students used the same information they used for this year’s rocket contest to register your team for the challenge.

NOTE: only students who were registered as part of your team from the American Rocketry Challenge can participate in the Kerbal Rocketry Challenge.

Kerbal Rocketry Challenge Q&A Webinar with the Developers

We brought the developers of Kerbal Space Program to answer your questions about the challenge. Not only that, but they gave our viewers exclusive advice on how to win the competition. You won’t want to miss it!

Key Dates

  • 07.19.21

    Kerbal Rocketry Challenge Mission Released

    The full mission requirements for this year’s Kerbal Rocketry Challenge will be released on this day to ensure all teams have access to the game prior to the rules being released so that no teams who already own the game get a head start.

    Click here to download this year’s rules!

  • 08.08.21

    Mission Submission Deadline

    All teams must submit a save file of their completed mission to our online portal by 11:59PM EST. 

  • 08.16.21

    Kerbal Rocketry Challenge Awards Ceremony

    We’ll announce who takes home $4,500 in prizes!

2020 First Place: Boy Scouts Crew 641, Newcastle, WA

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Kerbal Rocketry Challenge!
Click here to view the rest of the 2020 results.

Thanks to our 2021 Kerbal Rocketry Challenge Sponsor