UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, the event is postponed.Stay in contact for further information.

The European Space Elevator Challenge 2020 will take place from September 14th to 17th 2020 at the Garching Campus of the Technical University of Munich in Germany. We are looking forward to welcoming you this year in Munich.

We will have two severities in which you can take part: The Beginners‘ Level and the Advanced Level. Find more details on the requirements of each level here.

Innovative, efficient, european!

This is the challenge: Build a climber, that – based on the concept of a real space elevator – drives autonomously, carries high payloads
and manages its energy efficiently.

An elevator to the stars? Is that really possible?

The concept is pretty easy: An elevator drives on an extremely tear-resistant tether at least 36,000 km up to space. At the top of the tether a satellite or a space station is placed as a counterweight. The tether is permanently strained by the balance of the gravitational and centrifugal forces.

The aim was and still is, among other objectives, to deliver payload – satellites, astronauts or other equipment – to space in an economically viable way.
This idea could be an alternative solution to the expensive use of rockets.

Important Dates

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, the event is postponed.

  1. Team registration in the Beginners‘ and Advanced Level until April 30th 2020 via Website. Due to COVID-19, the application deadline extended.
  2. Rough climber concept until June 30th 2020 via email
  3. Video of the working climber until August 31st 2020 via email
  4. Competition week from September 14th to 17th 2020 in Munich, Germany

Apply now and be part of the EUSPEC 2020! The sky is no longer the limit!


The European Space Elevator Challenge is organized by WARR e.V., the Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Spaceflight at Technical University of Munich (TUM). It is directly affiliated with the Institute of Astronautics.

WARR was founded in 1962 and is one of the oldest scientific workgroups of TUM. The aim of WARR is to provide its members with the opportunity to accomplish scientific work and gain experience in practical projects as an addition to their studies. Its over 100 student members are organized in multiple groups, working on different topics such as hybrid rocket engines, cubesats, space elevators and mars rovers.