The Australian Universities Rocket Competition is organised by university students and young professionals in association with the Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA). The annual competition requires students to design, build and launch a high-powered solid fuel rocket to a target height of either 10,000 or 30,000 ft, along with a 4kg payload. It will bring together Australia's students and organisations in the first of its kind Australian tertiary competition.


The Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA) is a not-for-profit organisation managed by student volunteers, with the objective of promoting the aerospace industry to young Australians. AYAA hosts two other major annual events, the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF) in Brisbane for high school students, and the Aerospace Futures conference for tertiary students and young professionals. This event continues the AYAA’s legacy of promoting education, awareness and involvement in the aerospace industry to young Australians.


The launch event will take place on 17-21 April 2019 alongside Thunda Down Under (TDU) in Queensland, which is organised by the Australian Model Rocket Society (AMRS). It will provide competitors and professionals with the opportunity to meet with the brightest young minds Australia has to offer. A Teams Schedule for competition days is available here.


Lewis McCluskey

Lewis is an associate engineer working for Southern Launch. He was the project manager of the 'Design, Build and Launch a Rocket' project. He has been a speaker at Aerospace Futures and local industry events.

AYAA President
Conor MacDonald

Conor is a co-founder of the AURC and the President of the AYAA. He is looking forward to the growing opportunities for young Australian's to build the local space sector.

Secretary/Graphic Designer
Matthew Hildebrandt

Matt is a third year Mechanical & Aerospace engineering student with a year spent abroad in Delft, NL. He has been an active member within the AYAA since 2017.

Teams Coordinators
Adam Yarrow

Adam is a graduate engineer working for BAE Systems Australia in Melbourne who has been involved in the model rocketry world since 2014.

Alan Kosinski

Alan is completing a Bachelor & Masters of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UQ and loves to ask the question “how does that work?”

Media & Comms
Luan Dinh

Luan is in his 3rd year of Systems Engineering and Economics. Luan brings his passion and can-do attitude to the committee and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with like-minded space enthusiasts.

Finance & Strategy
Dominique MacDonald

Dom is completing her Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and loves the idea of what our aerospace future holds.

Thien Nguyen

Thien is in his 4th year of Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science. He is currently leading a student project in precision agriculture technology and recieved the Young Australian Space Leader Award in 2018.

Yu Shen Chia

Yu Shen is a third year Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He was a part of the AYAA QLD Branch, AYAF Treasurer and a research intern at UQ centre for Hypersonics. He is currently working on a thesis related to hybrid rocket motor combustion.

IT Specialist
Albert Sztolc

Albert is studying Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and has a passion for all things space. He was previously an Undergraduate Engineer at Saab Australia and part of a student project in precision agriculture technology