Launch Partner: Black Sky Aerospace

The Australian Universities Rocket Competition is excited to announce our first Launch Partner: Black Sky Aerospace!

Black Sky Aerospace is a Queensland based aerospace company that launched Australia’s first commercial payload in late 2018. They specialise in payload delivery systems and provide a range of aerospace services, from consultation to launch. Black Sky Aerospace is made up of an experienced team of people who are passionate about the Australian space industry. To find out more about Black Sky Aerospace, please visit their website:

We hope you’re as excited to launch to at AURC as we are! We’ll be launching at Thunda 2019, the largest rocket festival in the southern hemisphere. Find out more and get your tickets here:

Originally posted January 25, 2019

Preliminary Launch Event

The AURC committee is excited to announce a Preliminary Launch Event for the upcoming Australia Day long weekend. This will provide teams with an opportunity to undertake test launches, as well as undertake any remaining certifications.

Originally posted January 4, 2019

Progress Report 2 Results

Congratulations to all teams on completing an important milestone towards launching at AURC and TDU in April 2019! Results and feedback for the second progress report has been sent out to teams.

Want to see how your team stacks up? Check out the Leaderboard!

The next deliverable is the Technical Report which is due on March 18th. This report will be the culmination of your technical design work and it is worth big points!

Originally posted December 24, 2018

Sponsor: Southern Launch

The AURC is excited to announce that it is being sponsored by Southern Launch!

Southern Launch is a space start-up company located in South Australia that aims to build an orbital space launch complex on the Eyre Peninsula for polar and sun synchronous orbits. The team at Southern Launch is comprised of staff from Defence and Australian Industry, who set themselves apart with space related engineering, project management skills and their knowledge of space launch systems.

For more information on Southern Launch, please visit their website:

Originally posted December 19, 2020

Progress Report 2 Submission Now Open

Submissions for the second progress report are now open. The second progress report should demonstrate each team is on track to launching at the AURC event. It also provides an opportunity to present major design changes. The task sheet can be found in the Competitor’s documents tab.

Submissions have now closed

Originally posted November 22, 2018

Software Sponsor: Aerospace Systems

The AURC is proud to announce the first official software package of the AURC, ASTOS!

ASTOS is a cutting edge simulation and trajectory optimisation software for space applications that is used by companies across the globe. By providing students with access to the ASTOS software suite, AURC teams will have an unparalleled capability to simulate their rocket’s trajectory and optimise their design. Details about ASTOS can be found at

Note that the licencing arrangement for ASTOS has been kindly facilitated by Aerospace Systems

Additional information on how to register for ASTOS will be provided to your team in a subsequent email that will be released at a later date.

Whilst it is not a requirement of the competition that your AURC team uses this software for your rocket trajectory modelling and optimisation, we would strongly recommend it as a higher fidelity simulation that can be used in conjunction with OpenRocket to maximise your chance at winning the competition.

Originally posted November 10, 2018

AURC Rule Changes

The AURC Rules have just been reviewed and updated! Several minor changes have been made to include payload scoring, safety penalties and the total points have been redistributed and increased from 200 to 250. Several other changes not listed here have also been made, so be sure read the updated documents. The changes can be found across these three documents:

Competition Schedule

Rules, Standards and Guidelines

Awards and Scoring

You can also find these in the Documents tab on the Competitor’s Information page. Familiarise yourself with the updated rules to maximise your score for the competition!

Originally posted October 22, 2018

Progress Report 1 Results

The first deliverable of the competition has been marked and feedback has been returned to teams. Overall, the reports were completed to a high quality, and the calibre of the competitors was truly on display with the average mark being a Distinction!

The AURC Committee is excited with this result, and hopes that teams continue their good work for the next milestone of the competition: Progress Report 2 is due on Monday, December 10th 2018!

Originally posted October 7, 2018

AURC Website Launches

The AURC website is now live and we’re more excited than ever to be bringing the inaugural competition to students! The website will serve as a hub for all AURC related content. Check-in regularly to see who’s on top of the leaderboard and bookmark the Competitor’s page to stay up to date on the competition or get your rocketry fix with cool content from other teams. We’ll be updating this regularly as we approach the launch dates. Not part of a team yet? Have a look at our 2018/19 teams list to see if there’s a team at your university.

Stay tuned as we keep you updated with any developments, as well as other exciting opportunities and news from the competition! You can also sign up to our newsletter on the News page so you don’t miss any of the action!

Originally posted September 16, 2018