National Rocketry Championship

About the National Rocketry Championships

The global space sector is growing rapidly providing a wealth of opportunities for economic and technical advances. At UKSEDS we want to encourage the future workforce that will support this growth by actively developing their skills. The UK has identified its desire to be part in the global space sector launch community with potential plans for a spaceport and a number of companies doing exciting work developing launchers, however for most getting the relevant experience is not easy to come by therefore we have created the National Rocketry Championships with the aim of providing university students who have had no or limited experience in the field of rocketry to get a hands-on experience designing, building and launching a rocket.

This year teams are challenged with designing, building and launching a mid-power rocket with the primary goal of reaching the greatest apogee possible. Motor selection will be limited to ensure a fair competition between teams. Teams will also be required to submit a brief technical report detailing their design and build.

The above criteria are the primary goals of the competition, however, there are many aspects to the competition. Full details about the competition and criteria can be found in the competition brief and other resources below.

We are now accepting teams into the competition. If you would like to take part, please fill in our registration form.

This year we want to encourage more communication between the rocketry admins at UKSEDS and participating teams. Therefore team will be able to opt-in to be added to a joint WhatsApp group for the purpose of being able to ask questions regarding the running of the championship or technical aspects of the championship. In addition, we will also be hosting an online session shortly after the registration deadline so you can meet the UKSEDS Rocketry team and also provide you with an ‘Introduction to Rocketry’ and answering some of your initial questions.

Please direct all other enquiries to [email protected]


Key Dates

RegistrationMonday 11th November 2019
Design & build report dueMonday 30th March 2020
Teams must launch byMonday 6th July 2020
Launch report dueMonday 20th July 2020

*Some resources used in this competition have been adapted from SEDS University Student Rocketry Challenge and the Aspirespace National Rocketry Championship.

Past Winners

2019/20 – Team Cranfield Space Agency, Cranfield University

2018/19 –  Team Enillwyr, University of South Wales

2017/18 –  Team UWEBAR, UWEBAR

2016/17 – Team SPARK, SPARK

2015/16 –  Team Cranfield Space Program, CranSEDS

2014/15 – Team UBSEDS, BristolSEDS

2013/14 – Team Just Testing, StrathSEDS

Experienced Rocketeer?

If you have entered the UKSEDS National Rocketry Championships or have previous experience we are currently in the process of putting together a new challenge to test your skills so keep an eye out for that. Alternatively, If you would also like to help others into the world of rocketry why not join our team, if you are interested please email [email protected].