Australian Universities Rocket Competition

Australian Universities Rocket Competition

Competition overview

The Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA) are proud to announce the 2018 Australian Universities Rocket Competition (AURC). In its inaugural year, the AURC challenges university teams to design, build, and launch a single stage rocket with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solid propulsion systems to target heights of 10,000 ft and 30,000 ft with a 4kg payload.

The AURC is open to teams of students from any university in Australia and New Zealand. Teams are scored on design, engineering, and manufacturing processes in addition to the flight and successful recovery of the rocket. Teams are required to follow state and federal high power rocketry regulations in their home state or territory in addition to South Australian specific regulations. Further details on high power rocket regulations can be found at the bottom of the page (updated 01/03/2018).

Teams are encouraged to create active payloads to complete an appropriate function and provide valuable learning outcomes. Teams are also encouraged to diversify their engineering and science expertise to areas such as electrical engineering, computer science, and physics to design advanced payloads. Further details on the payload will be released closer to registration dates.

Participants will conduct the competition launch at a designated launch site within South Australia, and participate in other AURC events held in Adelaide during competition week. A panel of space industry, academic, and government professionals will serve as judges during the launch event. Student teams interested in participating in the 2018 AURC should follow the AYAA Facebook page and website for team registration and further details to be released in the coming weeks.


An entry form will be required to be filled out by each team that intends to compete in the AURC, by completing a provided template. Teams shall consist of student members who are undergraduate or graduate students from one or more tertiary institutions. There is no limit to the number of student members on each team and are free to work in multiple teams, however each team shall submit only one rocket into the AURC which can only be entered into the one category. To register, teams will need university approval from a non-student staff member. This form will be released closer to registration dates.

The competition will involve three progress updates prior to the competition launch. These updates will record changes in the projects technical characteristics during development.

Each team will submit a final project technical report a month before the competition launch. This report will provide an overview of their rocket project for the judging panel and other competition officials. Technical report format and style will be released closer to the registration dates.

Competition Timeline

  • Registration opens on March 19th, 2018 – rulesets, key dates, entry forms, and other forms released online. Some documents are final while others are subject to minor alterations over the year.
  • First progress update due May 2018
  • Second progress update due July 2018
  • Final progress update and technical report due September/October 2018
  • Launch week and associated events - Announced after safety assessment


CASA Advisory Circular AC 101-2(0) - Unmanned Aircraft and Rockets: Rockets
Australian Rocketry Association Inc - Blue Book Code for Hobby Rocketry (updated 01/03/2018)

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