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. 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! Earlier in 2021, our Whistler Blackcomb project was awarded third place in the Base11 Phase II Challenge, the Critical Design Report!

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 are now open to join our team for the 2021/2022 school year! See more information here!

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

What We Do


Design and build a liquid-fueled competition rocket

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.

Our successfully launched and recovered Sky Pilot rocket at Spaceport America Cup 2019.

Showing competition attendees our hard work at IREC 2019.


Design and build a two-stage, solid motor commercial-off-the-shelf competition rocket

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.


Base11 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 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.

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

Join us!

How to Apply

Applications for joining our team for the 2021/2022 academic year are now open, and will be open until Friday, September 17th. Our application form can be found here. Stay up to date on our social media and here on our website for application information.

Want to learn more? We'll be hosting several information sessions: Two in-person sessions on Tuesday, September 7th and Thursday, September 16th from 6:00-7:00 PM PT in EDC 102 which you can also attend virtually on Microsoft Teams.

If you have any questions about opennings 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 2020/2021 academic year will be open all-year round. Applications for the team can be found here.


What time commitment is expected?

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.


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 contribute regularly.

Contact Us

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

A massive thank you to our


Allied Spacecraft
Industrial Plankton
Norland Limited
Automation Direct
Luxfer Cylinders
Omega Engineering
A&P Technology
Global Container Terminals
Lincoln Electric
UBC Mechanical Engineering
Mechanix Wear
Rousseau Metal
Sticker Mule

We would also like to acknowledge and thank our


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