SEDS-USA is pleased to announce the 2018 SEDS Rocketry Competition. This year, the USRC challenges students to design, build, and launch a multi-stage rocket with a standardized altimeter to the highest possible altitude A.G.L.


Competition Overview

The SEDS Rocketry Competition is open to teams of students from any SEDS chapter in the United States. Teams are scored on design, engineering, and manufacturing processes in addition to the flight of the rocket. A panel of aerospace industry professionals will serve as judges.

The competition will involve three engineering reports submitted to SEDS-USA as well as monthly progress reports posted to your section’s social media page. The first engineering report will be a design report and will focus on the intended design of the rocket. The second will be a preflight technical report to be submitted after the rocket is built. The third report will be a post-flight report to assess the results of the rocket’s flight. The judging panel will offer feedback on each report and will be available to meet with teams to review the reports. Guidelines for each report will be released individually.

Winning teams as determined by the competition judges will be awarded a cash prize based on competition sponsorship as well as a set number of SEDS SpaceVision 2018 registration packages. Prize and funding opportunities will be added throughout the course of the competition as they become available.

In order to make the competition as accessible as possible, there will be several ways in which a team can launch their rocket for a competition flight. Teams may launch at a field local to their university and have the flight certified by an independent party. Depending on geographic proximity, teams from different universities may organize a regional launch in cooperation with SEDS-USA.

To register send an email to stating your chapters intent to compete along with contact information for a single chapter liaison.


Competition Timeline
  • Register by March 2nd, 2018 – Late applications will be accepted with a small score penalty.
  • June 1st, 2018 – Design report due. Technical report guidelines released.
  • September 14th, 2018 – Technical report due. Final Launch report guidelines released.
  • October 12th, 2018 – Launch window closes, all launches must be completed.
  • October 26th, 2018 – Final launch reports due; all documentation must be received by SEDS-USA.
  • November 2018 – Competition winner announced and prize awarded at SpaceVision 2018 Conference.


Joshua Jenkins
Trajectory Engineer
United Launch Alliance
Centennial, CO

Ryan Hines
Systems Engineer
The Boeing Company
St. Louis, MO

MagensMagens Orman
Mechanical Engineer
Sierra Nevada Corp
Louisville, CO
Report Guidelines

2018 Rules Packet

2018 Design Report Guidelines

2018 Technical Manufacturing Report Guidelines

2018 Post-Launch Report Guidelines

SEDS USRC Project Manager
Alexander B. Thornton
Mechanical Engineer
Honeywell FM&T Kansas City National Security Campus
Kansas City, MO