Welcome to UBC ROCKET

We're recruiting!!

We are a student engineering design team at the University of British Columbia dedicated to the design, manufacture and launch of suborbital rockets. Last year, at Spaceport America Cup 2017 we won in the 10,000 feet Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) category. This year we went back to Spaceport America with three rockets, one of which competed in the 30,000 feet category! Our eventual goal is to send a rocket to the edge of space - about 300,000 feet up!

If you are looking for a fast-paced team with ambitious goals and are willing to get your hands, dirty, this is the team for you. Want to see more pictures, news and stories? Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Design, build and launch 30,000ft rocket

In the coming year, we will be designing, building and launching a new rocket that is slated to fly to 30,000ft at the 2018 Spaceport America in the New Mexico desert.

The 30k project will allow us to implement the lessons we learned this year and also to continue pushing ahead by building a significantly more powerful rocket. The 30k team is looking for advanced students and students that can make a significant time commitment to the team.

Cypress being readied for launch. Cypress laid the path for a more advanced rocket in the coming year.

Cypress being shipped to the launch pad.


Optimize 10,000ft rocket for rapid reusability

In the past year we launched Cypress, our first rocket, and recovered her fully intact. Cypress flew to 10,053ft as part of the Spaceport America Cup 2017. This year, we are planning to redesign parts of the rocket to allow for rapid reusability at Spaceport America 2018.

Many lessons were learned at this years competition and we will implement improvements to allow for three launches in three days. June 2018 is bound to be a very exciting month! Cypress will not only be the first reflight of one of our rockets but also be a test platform for up to six payloads that can conduct science on board the rocket.

This team is ideal for students starting out in engineering who are looking to become intimately familiar with all of UBC Rocket's design, manufacturing and testing processes.


R&D of advanced propulsion systems

UBC Rocket's long term goal is to send a rocket to space. To accomplish this feat, we are conducting R&D and prototyping of advanced propulsion systems in a team called the 300k team. The work this team is doing includes lots of reading, learning from other advanced propulsion projects, conducting feasibility research and calculations, as well as design and manufacturing of small scale propulsion prototypes.

In addition, to test propulsion prototypes, we are designing, building and commissioning a test stand that can support a range of engines, including the engine(s) that will eventually power our rocket to space.

The 300k team is ideal for very committed members who are passionate about rocket propulsion and are able to commit a very significant amount of time to the team.

Launch preparation checklists being conducted. Final steps confirming a year of R&D.

Join 2018

Apply now!

Houston's got a problem and we need your help. UBC Rocket can offer hands on machining experience, flight computer design and actual Rocket Science! If any of that sounds remotely intriguing, lift off with us!

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Simple Questions


How can I join?

UBC Rocket is recruiting! Sign up here!


What time commitment is expected?

The team will hold weekly meetings during the regular semester which all members are expected to regularly attend. Chances are that as deadlines approach, the pace and workload will naturally pick up. The 300k team will have commitment requirements above the weekly meeting, amounting to at least 15 hours weekly.


Can anyone join?

Yes. The team is open to anyone, including non-engineers! All you need to bring is positivity and a willingness to contribute regularly.


Where can I find more information?

More information about the team and how to join it can be found in our Knowledge Base.

A massive thank you to our


UBC Faculty of Applied Science
Walter Gage Fund
Luxfer Cylinders
Omega Engineering
Automation Direct
UBC Integrated Engineering
Coast Rocketry
UBC Mechanical Engineering
Pratt & Whitney Canada
Lincoln Electric
Samuel, Son & Co.
Rousseau Metal
Seastar Solutions
Advanced Circuits
Sticker Mule

We would also like to acknowledge and thank our


COE Lumber & Building Supply
Red Bull
Dassault Systems SolidWorks
Digi-Key Corporation
Engineers & Geoscientists BC
Commander Warehouse Equipment
Leland Gas Technologies
Rocky Mountain division of Westmill
Coastal Reign