Welcome to UKAYRoC

The United Kingdom Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC)

“Encouraging school children to enter the world of aerospace, engineering and science”

UKAYRoC is the largest model rocket showcase in the UK with the top prize of competing in the International Fly-Off against the American, French and Japanese winning teams at the Farnborough International Air show 2014 and an all expenses paid aerospace trip to Paris and Toulouse.

Think you’re up for the challenge?


Qualification Deadline Extended and Finals Date Change

The qualification deadline has been extended until the 5th of May to allow teams who have been struggling with the supply of material and the particularly bad weather, extra opportunity to have a successful launch.  There are also some additional launch days which have been added to the key dates calendar.

The date of the final is now confirmed as the 24th-25th of June.

Registration and Qualification Extended…

To allow teams extra time to complete and submit their registration forms the registration deadline has been extended until the 17th January.  The qualification deadline has also been increased to the 31st March to allow teams extra time to carry out their qualification flight attempts.

MPs and aerospace apprentices gather in Westminster to launch the 2014 UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge

ads_rocket_launch_039More than 25 MPs, on Wednesday 6th November, teamed up with aerospace apprentices from all over the UK to take part in a rocket launching competition to celebrate the launch of the 2014 UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) which sees teams of students aged 11-18 years old design, build and launch their own rockets to exacting specifications.

The competition, which took place in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, coincided with Tomorrow’s Engineers Week – a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) initiative to showcase the many exciting engineering careers options available to young people.

For more information about the event and a copy of the press release click here.

MPs and aerospace apprentices to gather in Westminster to launch the 2014 UKAYRoC

More than 30 MPs will join apprentices from companies such as Airbus, BAE Systems and Selex ES in Victoria Tower Gardens on November 6th to take part in a rocket launching competition to launch the 2014 UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge.

This Westminster launch event will see MPs assemble and launch an air pressure powered rocket as far as possible with the assistance of apprentices specialising in the sector. The event takes place during the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which reveals the many opportunities available in engineering.

For more information please contact: Jenny Szweda

The UKAYRoC 2014 Challenge IS open for registration!

The UKAYRoC 2014 Challenge IS open for registration! The Challenge for 2014 is to achieve a target altitude of 825 feet with the rocket and have a flight duration of between 48 and 50 seconds. The payload is two raw medium sized hen’s eggs.  The entire rocket must return to the ground safely using two parachutes of the same size. Furthermore, gross lift-off weight should be no more than 650 grams.

For further information on the rules and to download the registration pack please visit the Forms and Docs section.

Due to the great success of UKAYRoC, we are expanding!  We have increased the total registration intake to 150 teams and grown the number of finalist places to 30.  This will make 2014 the biggest year yet!

The winners’ prize for 2014 is to compete in the International Fly-Off against the American and French winning teams at the Farnborough International Air show 2014 plus an all expenses aerospace trip to Paris and Toulouse.

The Final Positions at the UK Rocketry Challenge 2013 Final

The Final Positions at the UK Rocketry Challenge 2013 Final:

Team Name Height Average Duration Height Score Duration Score Total Score Place
The Royal Liberty School 732 44.78 18 12.88 30.88 1
1114 (Gosforth) ATC Squadron 763 42.94 13 20.26 33.26 2
Whitley Bay High School 720 51.03 30 4.12 34.12 3
Abbeyfield School (Team 2) 732 43.64 18 17.44 35.44 4
Airedale Academy (Team 1) 732 42.03 18 23.88 41.88 5
North Halifax Grammar School (Team 1) 703 50.52 47 2.06 49.06 6
Victoria College Belfast(Team 2) 697 43.51 53 17.98 70.98 7
Ashville College (Team 1) 696 42.30 54 22.82 76.82 8
Worksop College (Team 1) 800 36.55 50 45.8 95.80 9
Abbeyfield School (Team 3) 690 39.01 60 35.98 95.98 10
Egglescliffe School (Team 2) 855 49.49 105 0 105 11
Lostock Hall Academy (Team 3) 643 40.13 107 31.5 138.5 12
Lostock Hall Academy (Team 2) 639 38.97 111 36.12 147.12 13
Ashville College (Team 2) 639 35.93 111 48.3 159.30 14
Lostock Hall Academy (Team 1) 626 38.63 124 37.5 161.5 15
Abbeyfield School (Team 1) 633 34.20 117 55.2 172.20 16
Perse School (Team 1) 728 44.47 22 14.12 DQ DQ
10th Chippenham Air Scouts 901 23.80 151 96.8 DQ DQ
Longstone  School (Team 2) 607 27.80 143 83.68 DQ DQ
Boston Spa School 0 0.00 DQ DQ DQ DQ