Based at the University of Sydney, we are a dynamic team of student engineers who design and manufacture high-power sounding rockets and conduct novel research. Our team spans multiple disciplines of highly technical backgrounds, and it is this diversity that drives our growth and innovation in everything we do.
We have a proud history of being Australia’s first university-based rocketry team and the first Australian team to enter the Spaceport America Cup. In 2019, we took off to New Mexico in the United States where we won first place in the 10,000 ft COTS category with our first competition rocket, Silvereye. Two years later in 2021, we were back on the podium with our first ever 30,000 ft rocket, Firetail, and its satellite payload, Tetratheca. In 2022, we entered Spaceport America Cup with our rocket, Bluewren. It won the 30,000ft COTS Category, with its payload Callistemon winning the Space Dynamics Laboratory Challenge. We then went on to win the Spaceport America Cup as a team.
At USYD Rocketry Team, we take safety and design quality seriously. All of our projects are accomplished using an industry-standard systems engineering approach and we credit our competition’s successes to a dedication to safe engineering practices. Our goal as a team is to contribute to Australia’s expanding space industry by conducting novel research, facilitating experiential learning opportunities, promoting STEM in the wider community, and demonstrating the technical aptitude growing within Australian universities.
Bluewren (2021-2022), is our second 30,000 ft COTS rocket project. It builds upon the successes of Firetail, implementing more advanced engineering solutions.
Our multi-award winning project, Firetail (2019-2021), is our first ever 30,000 ft COTS rocket and has been designed to compete at both AURC in Australia and Spaceport America Cup in the United States.
Bronzewing (2019-2021) builds on the success of Silvereye, and it has been designed to compete at both AURC and Spaceport America Cup in the 10,000ft COTS categories.
Silvereye (2017-2019) was our first competition rocket designed to achieve an altitude of 10,000 ft. It was the first Australian rocket to enter the Spaceport America Cup in 2019 and the first to achieve 1st place in the 10,000 ft COTS category that same year.
Wedgetail (2016-2017) was our first ever high-power rocket and formed the foundation for all of our subsequent projects.
Ironbark (2021-current) is our modelling and simulation software suite. It aims to provide us with accurate flight simulations for all our projects.
Callistemon (2021-2022) is our CubeSat payload, which aims to simulate space junk capture in satellites. Callistemon does this using a small articulated robot that will track and grab a free-swinging pendulum during the rocket’s descent, placing it into a storage container.
Tetratheca (2019-2021) is our CubeSat payload project comprising a picosatellite seated in a gyroscopic rig and an attitude determination and control system. It has been designed to demonstrate detumbling manoeuvres for light-weight satellites in a space environment.
Waratah (2019-2022) was the team’s Student Researched and Developed (SRAD) proof-ofconcept hybrid rocket engine.