UKROC 2021 – Are you up for the challenge?

After a cancelled UK Rocketry Challenge in 2020, we now look ahead to the potential of hosting it in 2021 providing pandemic conditions and venues allow.

On that basis, we are keen to hear if you would be interested in taking part in the competition with one or more teams.

What is rocketry?

The challenge is to design, build and launch a model rocket with a fragile payload and is open to students aged 11 – 18 from any secondary schools, colleges, educational facilities or youth groups.

There are certain conditions for the rocket to succeed, such as the rocket must reach a set altitude with specific total flight duration, using specified rocket kit and must adhere to the specific set rules.

The competition takes place across the country and the final is an international competition where our national winners compete against teams from France and America.

Supported by the aviation and rocketry industry

Rocketry heroes and leading industry support the event. In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Al Worden and industry representatives from Lockheed Martin UK and Thales Alenia Space attended the International Final. Tim Peake presented the awards to all winners in 2016 and 2018.

Resources to help

Teams will be fully supported through every step of the competition. We have a range of resource materials including webinars, manuals, risk assessments and more.

Next steps

Are you up for the challenge?

If you would like to participate in the 2021 UK Youth Rocketry (UKRoC) Challenge 2021 then please email indicating the number of teams you would like to enter.

Once we know the level of interest we will be in contact with our plan to proceed or not.

All being well we hope to have you with us for the 2021 competition and will send you full details on how to get involved, however should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

The UKRoC Team.

UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKROC) Cancellation Statement 18.3.20

The welfare of everyone involved in participating and running the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge is of the utmost importance to us.

Following the Government’s advice to avoid unnecessary travel and non-essential contact with other people in support of its efforts to delay and prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the UK, it will no longer be appropriate to run the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge regional events that are due to commence from next week. Therefore, it is with regret that we announce the cancellation of this year’s competition.

We will re-focus our efforts in planning the competition for next year and for those schools involved this year, we will be contacting you very soon about carrying over your registrations. We look forward to welcoming participating schools to future editions of the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge and we will keep you updated on our future plans.

Please take care of yourselves and your families over the coming months.

Thank you for your support.

Best wishes
UK Youth Rocketry Team