UBC ROCKET in the Media

We've been in the news! Have a look through some of the articles and news clips about our outreach and achievements. It is great to see that our hard work and dedication is not going unnoticed and that we are turning peoples’ heads… skyward!

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The Rocket Team held its first open house on April 27, 2018

"According to Patricia Loo-Xu, the team’s organizational development officer, the dual aims of the event were to give members of UBC’s undergraduate rocket design team the opportunity to share some of their knowledge of rocketry with the UBC community, as well as to recruit new members.

Displayed prominently outside the student centre was Cypress, their winning rocket from 2017. With its bright white body and red nose and tail sections, it was difficult to ignore on the way inside to view some of the other projects the team has been working on over the past year."

'I’d love to be a part of the team that goes and recovers that Tesla': Joren Jackson, UBC Rocket team lead

"Tuesday's SpaceX launch is a glimpse of the new frontier of rocket science for students at UBC.

The private space company tested its Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time Tuesday by sending a Tesla Roadster out into space. The successful return of two of the three boosters is an exciting event for the next generation of scientists.

Joren Jackson is a team lead with UBC Rocket, and said the team was glued to a few laptop screens as it watched the launch as a group."

BSS teens building experiment to be launched in UBC rocket

"Those inclined to say high school isn’t rocket science would be wrong when it comes to 15 Ballenas Secondary School students.

They may not be building the rocket itself, but they are making what the rocket will carry.

Together with physics, astronomy and science research teacher Carl Savage, the students are building an experiment to be fired 10,000 feet up in a UBC student-made rocket during an international competition in 2018.

The school got the invite to be part of the UBC Rocket project through former BSS student Gibson Clark, who’s now on the UBC Rocket team, said Savage."

Summerland graduate part of winning team in international competition

"A Summerland Secondary School graduate was part of a winning team in a recent rocket competition in New Mexico.

Simon Bambey, a second-year student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, was one of the founders of UBC Rocket, one of more than 110 post-secondary teams from 11 countries competing in the Spaceport America Cup.

The team consisted of 60 active student members who worked from September to June designing and building the rocket.

'We designed and built everything,' Bambey said."

UBC Rocket competed against 50 other teams from universities such as Waterloo, MIT and Stanford.

"A year ago, no one imagined that a team of amateurs from UBC would successfully send their rocket, Cypress, to an altitude of 10,000 feet. No one imagined the amount of time and energy that the team would dedicate to flying a rocket to suborbital space. Above all, no one imagined that this team of underdogs would win their first rocket launch competition.

But with a little luck and a lot of hard work, UBC Rocket did just that.

From June 20 to 24, the UBC Rocket Team competed at the Spaceport American Cup in Las Cruces, New Mexico where 110 student teams from around the world launched rockets to altitudes of 10,000 and 30,000 feet."