Spacecraft Squabbles: What role would you choose? Webinar

From innovating technologies in space research to unravelling cosmic mysteries or advancing our understanding of the universe, space offers a myriad of career pathways for future pioneers.

In this webinar we deep dive into spacecraft engineering.

Spacecraft Squabbles: What role would you choose?

  • Date: Tuesday 7 May
  • Time: 12:45 – 13:30
  • Microsoft Teams
  • To register, please email

Building a spacecraft is no easy feat, it involves more roles and jobs than you could ever imagine. 

During this webinar, five Airbus engineers will explain the manufacturing life cycle of a spacecraft, their role in the process, and, most importantly, whose role is the most important!

We hope you can join us! 

A beginner’s guide to building rockets – webinar

Is this your first time building a rocket? Do you have a prototype and want to improve it? It is a competition after all, and with a chance to compete in an International Final this year, the challenge is hotting up.

In the second of our webinar series, our Rocketeer experts, David Tranter and John Jacomb are on hand to offer guidance and support for building your rocket. This more technical guide will motivate you to get that project started and with time for Q&A, there’s an opportunity to ask for help with your specific concerns or issues.

During our Beginner’s Guide to Building Rockets we will introduce the key components of the rockets, where to purchase materials from, other resources to consider, such as flying clubs, and go through the rules to ensure a successful flight.

The webinar will take place on Monday 4 March, 12:45 – 13:30. To register your place to join, please email If you can’t attend, please register your place and we will send you the recording of the webinar.

If you want more introductory-focused information then watch our previous webinar UKROC – what’s it all about? In this short session we provided information on the competition and what to consider, including hints and tips from the 2023 international champions – Ridgeway Rocket Club – and our Rocketeers.

UKROC 2024 – Webinar – what’s it all about?


We’re thrilled to have launched the 2024 UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKROC) with a webinar to help explain all about the competition and what’s involved.

UKROC offers an exciting and unique opportunity for students aged between 11-18 to further learn about science, technology and maths in an interactive and engaging way.  You’re in good company, with many teams participating in the challenge for the very first time. 

So, our webinar ‘UKROC – What’s it all about’ offers the perfect chance to find out more about the competition and how to get started. You can also ask questions to our 2023 UKROC international winners and our rocketeers. 


Register your team by our extended date of 7 March 2024 here.

Airbus webinar: Rocket Science – from model rockets to Mars

Airbus Defence and Space, our UKROC industry sponsor, took students on a fascinating exploration into the world of spacecraft propulsion in the latest UKROC webinar.

This webinar is available to watch on-demand and is perfect for those aged 11-18 who are interested in space and rocketry and want to learn more about the exciting opportunities in this field.

Contact to get an access link.

Rob Sandford and Joe Hunt shared their stories and experiences of rocket engineering, providing a unique insight into what it’s like to be a part of a mission to space.

They explored the world of satellite and rocket propulsion and explained how this area supports a whole host of Airbus missions, from interplanetary rovers to climate-monitoring satellites.

More about Airbus

At Airbus, our purpose is to improve life on Earth and beyond through our cutting-edge space technologies. With every technological breakthrough, we bring people closer together, we navigate new frontiers and we discover new and unexplored destinations. And we don’t just take innovations to space – our space solutions and projects help solve global challenges on Earth. 

Find out more at 


UK Youth Rocketry Challenge final back with a blast

On Thursday 7 October 2021, six teams from across the country went head-to-head in a final to be crowned national champions. All they had to do was to design, build and launch a model rocket carrying a fragile payload (usually a raw egg) which is brought back to the ground safely and without breaking! It’s an opportunity for young people to get engaged in STEM in a fun and exciting way.

  • 1st Place: Team Vesuvius from King Edwards School, Bath
  • 2nd Place: Team NHASA from North Halifax Grammar School
  • 3rd Place: Team Icarus from Epsom College.

The honourable finalists were:

  • Physics Nerds from NHGS
  • Gordonstoun Rocketeers from Gordonstoun School
  • Where are My Engines, Holt? from Tiffin School

Congratulations and thanks to our sponsors Lockheed Martin and Royal Aeronautical Society for supporting the event.

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

Welcome to the new website

This week we – the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKROC) – have launched our new look branding and website thanks to help from event organisers ADS and our sponsors and partners Lockheed Martin, UKspace and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

At UKROC, the UK’s largest youth model rocket competition, we aim to enthuse more young people about the subjects needed in aerospace, defence, security and space industries – science, technology, engineering and maths. We believe – and hope you do too – that it is a fun and engaging way for young people in the UK to learn more about engineering and physics.

Our new website reflects a revitalised approach to the competition, with a focus on greater engagement with you throughout the competition, an easier process to sign up and a more modern design. It’s UKROC as you’ve never seen it before!

You can now meet our rocketeers who will be guiding you through the process of building your rocket with hints and tips along the way! Pay attention to what they say as they’ll form part of the judging panels for the regional and national finals.

We will also be launching an Instagram page where we will be running competitions and hope to showcase participants’ progress throughout the competition.

Stay tuned and be sure to check back to our new website for the latest updates and information!