We are a student engineering 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! 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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For the 2020/2021 academic year, we will be continuing designing, building, and launching Co-Pilot that will launch in the Launch Canada 2021 competition in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada. If successful, this will be the first rocket that we have launched on home soil.
We will be building our own liquid propulsion system and implementing the lessons we learned from our Sky Pilot rocket, which we launched during the 2019 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition in New Mexico, USA. To view Sky Pilot's stunning third-place performance, watch our in-flight and launch footage on our YouTube channel.
This project aims to build UBC Rocket's first two-stage, solid motor rocket named "Tantulus" and compete at IREC 2021. This will be our first attempt at a two-stage rocket where we will compete 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.
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 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 newly-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.
Our recruitment for the 2020/2021 academic year will be open all-year round. Applications for the team can be found here.
During the COVID-19 pandemic teams are currently working remotely where possible. 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 3-10 hours a week and this is expected to continue into the fall semester.
Yes. The team is open to all UBC students, including non-engineers! All you need to bring is positivity and a willingness to contribute regularly.