Our most powerful rocket, Firetail is our first rocket that aims to reach 30,000 ft.

Project Details

Firetail, or “Wibung” in the local Gadigal language, is designed to compete in the 30,000 ft COTS categories of AURC and SA Cup. USYD Rocketry Team’s most powerful rocket to date, our single stage rocket is propelled by a Cesaroni O3400 rocket motor. Its 5.5 inch composite airframe can accommodate our 2U CubeSat payload, Tetratheca. This leaves additional room for an experimental flight computer in the avionics bay. 

Firetail was the winner of the 30,000 ft category of the 2020 virtual AURC. It followed this by securing a second place win during the 2021 virtual Spaceport America Cup.

Fast Facts

Competition Finishes

1st Place – AURC 2020

2nd Place – SAC 2021

Target Altitude

30,000 ft AGL

Cumulative Hours

15,000+ Design, manufacturing & testing man hours

Development Time

20 Months Research & Development

Airframe Length

3.1 metres


Cesaroni O3400

Airframe Diameter



Peak Thrust

4699 N

Payload Size

2U Payload Bay


Total Impulse

21,000 Ns


Matthew D'Souza

Project Director

Firetail was created by the total efforts of over 50 student engineers from a variety of backgrounds. They were led by project director, Matthew D’Souza, whose main responsibility was to oversee the project, liaising with external suppliers and ensuring strict deadlines and engineering standards were being meet. Each sub-system on the project had its own lead, who was responsible for designing, testing and manufacturing their respective sub-system components, while also communicating and interfacing with other systems.

Sub-System Leads

Cameron Webb

Aerostructures Lead

Riam Tambunan

Recovery Lead

Adam Taras

Avionics Lead

William Giang

Modelling & Simulation Lead

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