The Brigham Young University Rocketry Club is a student-run organization that consists of students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in various majors. Our primary mission is to provide students with hands-on experience that will enable them to become leaders and innovators in the space industry. In addition, the groups leaders are currently developing an infrastructure that will allow BYU students to build competition rockets for years to come.
In 2015, a small rocket competition was held at BYU in which students designed and built rockets around a specific off-the-shelf motor. At the competition, students attempted to launch their rockets to a target altitude. While the competition was a success, many students wanted to continue gaining experience by pursuing more advanced rocketry projects, but had little opportunity to do so. So in September 2016, a group of passionate students formed an advanced team, seeking to further develop their rocket engineering skills by building a solid-fueled rocket to enter into the 2017 Spaceport America Cup.
This represents the beginning of an exciting new aerospace movement among BYU STEM students. Now, the annual BYU Rocketry Student Launch Competition continues to cultivate interest in rocketry among beginning students, intermediate projects allow club members to gain additional hands-on experience, and the senior-level BYU Rocketry High Power Team gives advanced students the opportunity to develop engineering skills and prepare for careers in the aerospace industry. Students have the opportunity to participate in projects that progressively increase in complexity from freshman year through senior year, after which they can enter the aerospace field as leaders and innovators.
In the short time since BYU Rocketry was formed, we have quickly gained a reputation as a world-class student rocketry organization. The team has excelled at the international Spaceport America Cup, set a Guiness World Record, and placed numerous students into the commercial space and defense industries. BYU Rocketry members have received offers for internships and full-time engineering roles at companies such as SpaceX, NASA, Northrop Grumman, Blue Origin, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, and more. As a result of our persistant dedication to hands-on design, simulation, manufacturing, and testing outside of a classroom setting, members of BYU Rocketry are gaining critical skills required to become leaders and innovators in the engineering community.