Welcome to UBC ROCKET

Applications for the 2024/2025 academic year will open soon!

We are an engineering student design team at the University of British Columbia dedicated to the design, manufacture, and launch of suborbital rockets. At Spaceport America Cup 2017, we won in the 10,000 feet Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) category our Cypress rocket. In 2019 we placed third at Spaceport America 2019 with Sky-Pilot in the 30,000 feet COTS category. We most recently launched our Silvertip rocket at IREC 2022, as well as our first ever two stage solid motor rocket, Tantulus, at the inaugural Launch Canada competition in 2022. Our eventual goal is to send a rocket to the edge of space - about 300,000 feet up! Earlier in 2021, our Whistler Blackcomb project was awarded third place in the Base11 Phase II Challenge, the Critical Design Report. We are making steady progress with the development of Whistler-Blackcomb, recently having hotfired our liquid fueled engine for a 5 second burn! Footage will be posted soon on our social media and YouTube.

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.

Are you interested in joining UBC's largest engineering design team? Do you have a passion for breaking the bounds of space exploration and working with one of North America's most prominent university rocket teams? Applications to join our team open at the start of each term. See more information here!

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

Check out our recruitment posters around campus!

What We Do


Designed and built a two-stage, solid motor commercial-off-the-shelf competition rocket

During the 2021/2022 academic year, we continued designing, building, and launching "Tantulus", which launched in the inaugural Launch Canada 2022 competition in Cochrane, Ontario, Canada. This enormous project is UBC Rocket's first two-stage, solid motor rocket.

We incorporated a two-motor propulsion and staging system and implemented the lessons we learned from our Sky Pilot and Silvertip rocket, which we launched during the 2019 and 2022 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competitions in New Mexico, USA. To view the stunning performance of these rockets, watch our in-flight and launch footage on our YouTube channel.

Footage from our Tantulus Launch will be released soon on our YouTube and social media!

UBC Rocket's first two-stage rocket, launched in 2022 at the first Launch Canada competition. Photo credit from Launch Canada organisers.

Silvertip on display at the 2022 IREC competition in New Mexico.


Designed and built a solid-fueled competition rocket

This project was UBC Rocket's latest COTS competition rocket, a single solid motor rocket named "Silvertip", and competed at IREC 2022. This rocket incorporated latest in-house built components and payload, and competed in the 30,000 feet COTS category.

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.

Watch Silvertip's launch and on-board footage on our YouTube channel!


Kármán Line 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 Kármán line). This rocket is competing in the Base11 Space Challenge for a $1 million dollar prize!

This is by far the most audacious project we are currently working on. We have recently hot-fired our heatsink liquid engine on our in-house built test stand and are currently working on the recovery, avionics, and airframe for the rest of the Whistler-Blackcomb rocket. Follow us on social media to keep up with our progress!

The Whistler Blackcomb 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!

How to Apply

Applications for joining our team for the 2023/2024 academic year are now closed, however we often consider applicants throughout the year. If you are still interested in joining, email us at hello@ubcrocket.com!

If you have any questions about openings on the team throughout the year feel free to email us at hello@ubcrocket.com.

2019 IREC


Common Questions


How can I join?

Our recruitment for the 2023/2024 academic year will be open at the start of each term. For term 2 or Summer recruitment, please send us an email with your resume and information.


What time commitment is expected?

The team holds weekly meetings during the regular semester which all members are expected to regularly attend. As deadlines approach, the pace and workload will naturally pick up and additional commitment will be required during the week. Teams are currently meeting for about 2-10 hours a week and this is expected to continue into the fall semester.


Can anyone join?

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

Contact Us

Email us at hello@ubcrocket.com or send us a message via our various social media platforms (email preferred):

A massive thank you to our


Allied Spacecraft
Industrial Plankton
Norland Limited
Automation Direct
Luxfer Cylinders
Omega Engineering
BE Power Equipment
UBC Faculty of Applied Science
Engineers & Geoscientists BC
Walter Gage Fund
Custom Comet
A&P Technology
Global Container Terminals
Lincoln Electric
UBC Mechanical Engineering
Mechanix Wear
Rousseau Metal
Sticker Mule
Lucas Oil
Pins n' Crests
Vast Pins
Print Print

We would also like to acknowledge and thank our


AirCom Instrumentation
CBVL Robotics Inc.
COE Lumber & Building Supply
Commander Warehouse Equipment
Custom Circuit Boards
Digi-Key Corporation
Davis Controls
UBC Engineering Physics
MEP Brothers
Simple Green
Westcoast Metal Recycling