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. After our win in the 10,000 feet Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) category at Spaceport America Cup 2017, we are gearing up to compete once again in Spaceport America Cup 2018 next year. Our eventual goal is to send a rocket to the edge of space - about 300,000ft 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.

Follow us on @ubcrocket


Design and build rockets

Currently we are in the process of designing and building a rocket from the ground up. The rocket is slated to fly at the 2017 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition held for the first time as part of the Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico.

Designing a rocket is an enormous challenge and requires students of all engineering backgrounds to work together. Being part of UBC Rocket allows you to collect real world experience in a challenging and dynamic environment while working on some really exciting technology!

The team is currently working in the following areas.

  • Aerostructures
  • Avionics/Recovery
  • Payload
  • Systems & Integration
  • Safety

Payloads team doing research on Cypress Mountain.

The structural frame for the Project Ozone Payload subteam.


Develop and integrate payloads

As part of the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition, the team is developing a payload bay/adapter and a payload. The payload and adapter will meet CubeSat standards, and many exciting payload ideas are being considered.

We are also interested in integrating external payloads. If your group/team is interested in hitching a ride on our rocket please let us know.


Research future propulsion methods

In the first year of the competition, the team will be using a solid fuel rocket motor.

After proving our rocket at our first IREC, we will begin to tackle the next big challenge - an in-house designed and built propulsion system. Development of our own hybrid or liquid rocket engine is a long term project and promises to be extremely exciting and challenging.

Looking for a big challenge during your time at UBC? This team is for you.

The Avionics team testing their propulsion for the 2017 rocket.


Simple Questions


How can I join?

We currently are not recruiting new members. Usually we recruit in January and Septemeber at the start of the semester. To stay up to date, please check back here frequently and/or shoot us an email to hello@ubcrocket.com.


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.


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


Lockheed Martin Canada
UBC Faculty of Applied Science
Walter Gage Fund
UBC Integrated Engineering
Coast Rocketry
UBC Mechanical Engineering
Pratt & Whitney Canada