UBC Rocket team wins major category at world’s largest rocket engineering competition
The UBC Rocket team, formed last September, won first place in its category at the 2017 Spaceport America Cup, the world’s largest rocket engineering competition. Held in Las Cruces, New Mexico from June 20 to 24, the event brought together more than 90 college and university teams from nearly a dozen countries in six project categories.
UBC’s category — the largest of the competition — required rockets with commercial off-the-shelf solid or hybrid propulsion systems to carry an 8.8-pound-minimum payload to a target height of 10,000 feet above ground level. UBC’s rocket, named Cypress, reached 10,053 feet before successfully deploying its payload and landing safely.
Other categories called for different kinds of rocket propulsion systems (solid, hybrid, or liquid propulsion systems that were researched and developed by the students) and a higher target apogee (30,000 feet above ground level). The UBC Rocket team plans to develop its own hybrid or liquid propulsion system for next year's competition.
The team is currently raising money to cover some unexpected expenses that were incurred as a result of their participation in the Spaceport America Cup. If you would like to contribute, please visit UBC Rocket crowdfundraising by July 13, 2017.