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 Extension *Important Message*

Due to the inclement weather many of the teams are experiencing, the deadline for the Qualification Closure has been extended until midday on April 03 2013.  If you have any questions regarding this please contact the helpdesk.

Elvington Airfield Launch Days 2013

We have organised three launch days at Elvington airfield.  These are on the 5, 14 and 19 March 2013 from 10:00 till 16:00 each day.  These days are a great opportunity to test your designs in a safe environment and also attempt your qualification flights if you feel brave enough.  If you are interested please let the Helpdesk know.

The UKAYRoC 2013 Challenge IS open for registration!

The UKAYRoC 2013 Challenge IS open for registration! The Challenge for 2013 is to achieve a target altitude of 750 feet.  The payload is one raw medium sized hen’s egg which has to travel perpendicular to the direction of travel and have a safe return to earth using a 15” parachute. Furthermore, the gross liftoff weight should be no more than 650 grams  and the flight duration has to be between 48 and 50 seconds.

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

The winners prize for 2013 is to compete in the International Fly-Off against the American, French and Japanese winning teams at the Paris International Air show 2013 and an all expenses trip to NASA in Houston, TX USA.

Paralympic Rocketeer!

Bethany Firth with her Paralympic Gold Medal for the S14 Women's 100m Backstroke

Bethany Firth with her Paralympic Gold Medal for the S14 Women’s 100m Backstroke

Congratulations to 2012 Rocketry Challenge Finalist, Bethany Firth, who won a Paralympic Gold Medal AND broke the Paralympic Record for the Women’s 100m Backstroke – S14 at the London Paralympics 2012 in August.

Bethy, who was a member of Longstone Special School Team 1 at the UK Rocketry Challenge Finals in May, has spent years training for the Paralympics. All her hard work paid off when she came second in her heat and qualified for the S14 Women’s 100m Backstroke Finals . Bethy then powered her way to a Gold medal for Ireland in a record time of 1:08:93!

UKAYRoC is really proud of Bethy and her association with the Rocketry Challenge. We love this photo of Bethy with her Gold medal and a rocket!

Bethany Firth with Paralympic Gold Medal & Rocket

Bethany Firth with Paralympic Gold Medal & Rocket


Updated Links Page

We’ve updated our Useful Links page to include a really useful website from ElJet in the USA. ElJet are a private jet company and this page is packed full of links to websites that can help you with building your rockets.

The rocketry information is really difficult to find from ElJet’s home page. That’s why we’d like to thank Whitney from Lexington Middle School in Nebraska for finding it for us. Whitney’s teacher, Caitlin Ornelas, emailed the UKAYRoC Helpdesk so that we could share this resource with everyone.

ElJet’s Model Rocketry Resources can be found here: http://www.ellejet.com/model-rocketry-flight-and-resources.php

France are victorious at the International Rocketry Challenge

The fifth International Rocketry Challenge took place on Friday 13th July 2012 at Queen’s Parade, Farnborough, during the Farnborough International Airshow.

Both the French and US launches landed within the 43-47 seconds allowed for the misison, so there was an anxious wait for the final result. Tim Peake, the UK astronaut, announced France as the winners in the Space Zone at the Farnborough Airshow.

The UK team had won the first two competitions held in 2008 and 2009 against the US. In 2010 and 2011, when France joined the competition, it was the US team that took the International Trophy, with France in third place on each occasion. 

Finally, in 2012, it was the French team who pulled off a surprise win, beating the UK team into third place and forcing the US team to take the silver medals. Footage of the launches can be seen here: