Welcome to UBC ROCKET

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.

Check out some of the news coverage we've been getting on our News page!


Design and build 30,000ft competition rocket

In the coming year, we will be designing, building, and launching a new rocket that will reach an apogee of 30,000ft at the 2019 Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico.

We will be implementing the lessons we learned from our Black Tusk rocket which we launched during the 2018 competition. To learn more about what happened to our Black Tusk rocket watch our autopsy video on our YouTube channel.

Our Black Tusk rocket at Spaceport America Cup 2018.

Cypress being shipped to the launch pad.


Frequent Flyers Programme

This project aims at launching smaller low powered rockets throughout the year to test flight-critical components, teach new members the fundamentals of rocketry, and increase UBC Rocket’s community involvement.

The programme will commence in early September 2018 and its members will become proficient in all flight-critical aspects of rocket design.

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.


Base 11 Space Challenge

We are on our way to the edge of space! UBC Rocket is currently in the process of designing and building a liquid-fuel rocket that will reach an altitude of 100km above sea level (the Karman line). This rocket is competing in the Base 11 Space Challenge for a $1 million dollar prize!

This is by far the most audacious project we are currently working on. Our next big milestone will be a hot fire test of our engine on a test stand that our team is in the process of building. Follow us on social media to keep up with our progress!

The Space Shot 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.

3D rendering of our liquid-fuel heat sink engine.

Join us!

Unfortunately we are not actively recruiting at the moment. Check back again soon!

2017 Winter Session team photo

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Simple Questions


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