SEDS Rocketry Competition


SEDS-USA is pleased to announce the 2019 University Student Rocketry Challenge (USRC).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.


2019 Competition Overview

The USRC 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 USRC Project Manager. The first engineering report will be a design report and will focus on the 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. Guidelines for each report will be released individually.

Winning teams as determined by the competition judges and scoring system will be awarded a cash prize based on competition sponsorship as well as a set number of SEDS SpaceVision 2020 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.



Competition Timeline
  • Register by May 3rd, 2019 – Late applications will be accepted with a small score penalty.
  • July 5th, 2019 – Design report due. Technical report guidelines released.
  • November 8th, 2019 – Technical report due. Final Launch report guidelines released.
  • April 12th, 2020 – Launch window closes, all launches must be completed.
  • April 24th, 2020 – Final launch reports due; all documentation must be received by SEDS-USA.
  • May 1st 2020 – Competition winner announced and prize awarded.



Competition Documents

2019 Rules Packet

2019 Design Report Guidelines

2019 Technical Manufacturing Report Guidelines

Sample Reports

Note that these are reports that have been submitted for past competitions, and any guidelines specified in the 2019-2020 Competition Documents should be followed.  These reports are provided as a resource for new teams to the competition.

Folder of Sample Reports



Past Competition Winners

2016: Mizzou – 5,714 ft AGL
2017: Mizzou – 7,094 ft AGL
2018: University of Tennessee Chattanooga – 11,562 ft AGL



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


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