About UKRoC

ADS are the proud organisers of the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKRoC) and have been running the event annually since 2006. The epic challenge is aimed at students aged 11 – 18 from any secondary schools, colleges, educational facilities or youth groups to design, build and launch a model rocket with a fragile payload. The rocket must reach a set altitude with specific total flight duration and must adhere to the specific set rules. The competition’s rules and scoring parameters change each year to challenge the students’ ingenuity and encourage a fresh approach to rocket design.


After submitting your registration form there are three main stages of the competition; Regional Events, The National Finals and The International Finals. 

The Regional Events

In order to attend a Regional Event, you must submit your registration form before the deadline date. You and your team will then attend a Regional Event near you to launch your rocket. Your rocket launch will be scored by our Rocketeer Experts. Please note – We are also offering the opportunity for teams to self-qualify instead of attending a Regional event.

The best scoring team from each Regional Event/ Self Qualification will automatically go through to the UK National Final.

The National Final 

The 20 best teams from the Regional Events will meet at our National Final in Essex. Similar to the Regional Events, you and your team will launch your rocket and if you win, well then you can start packing your suitcase as you’ll be going to Paris to compete in the International Finals! More information on the National Finals will follow in due course.

The International Finals 

This is the third and final stage of the competition. The UK winning team will compete against the winning teams from America, France and Japan at the Paris International Airshow 2017 / Farnborough International Airshow 2018. We will fund the winning UK team to attend. Watch the 2016 International Final video here. Watch the 2017 National Final video here. 

Raytheon, Farnborough Airshow 2016. TARC award ceremony Tim Peake British ESA astronaut, with 4 team who took part in the TARC rockety competition