2015 University Student Rocketry Challenge


Welcome to the homepage of the 2015 University Student Rocketry Challenge.  This year, the USRC is a multi-stage competition that challenges students to design, build, and launch a multi-stage rocket carrying a payload of 0.50 lb to 3000 ft.

The USRC is designed so that it can be successfully completed by teams with no to little experience in high-powered rocketry, but also to pose a challenge to teams who have rocketry experience.  Teams will be awarded points for both reaching higher altitudes and flying rockets with more stages, allowing teams to determine which approach is optimal for them. Teams must also document their design and fabrication through engineering reports, which will be submitted for review by the judging panel and scored.

Who is Eligible?

Entry to the USRC is open to students or teams of students from any university in the United States.  There is no cost to enter the competition.  Please send a letter of intent to usrc@seds.org to enter the competition.  The letter should state your intent to compete, and should have a roster of team members and their contact info attached (which can be updated at any point during the competition if needed).

Selection of Winners and Prizes

The competition will be scored by a panel of three or more judges (names to be announced).  These judges will score the design reports and will be responsible for the final determination of flight scores.  At the conclusion of the competition, the first place team will receive a cash prize of $500, to be awarded at the SpaceVision 2015 conference in Boston, MA in November 2015.

Official Rules

Official Rules

Team Roster Template

Design Report Guidelines

Please contact usrc@seds.org with any questions or to submit a team roster!