Aerospace Teams

UBC AeroDesign is a student led engineering team at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. Founded in 1992, our team designs and builds remote controlled model aircraft to attend collegiate competitions organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The SAE Aero Design Heavy Lift competition challenges university students from around the world to design and build a plane with the purpose of lifting the heaviest payload. Our team has a history of excellence: with forty teams competing, we have ranked in the top ten 20 times in our history. We hope to continue this tradition with a strong showing at this year’s competition. If you are a self-motivated individual looking to learn more about our team, check out our website or our Facebook page.


UBC Mars Colony is dedicated to designing and manufacturing technology that allows for human establishment on Mars. We are inspired by the current events in private industry efforts to advance space exploration and colonization. We are multi-disciplinary to the core, requiring a diverse group of engineers to support our ambitious projects. These include a full-scale Martian airlock, a Mars-based in-situ propellant production plant, and a lunar mining operation. We provide students with experience with engineering design and manufacturing processes, building industry-relevant skills such as SOLIDWORKS CAD design, machining, circuit design, materials testing, and much more.


UBC Orbit is a satellite design team dedicated to the innovation, design and development of nano-satellites known as CubeSats. The team is currently building two satellites: Aspectu an image taking satellite to compete in the Canadian Space Design Challenge and ORCASAT a calibration satellite built for the Canadian Space Agency with a guaranteed launch. To find out more check out the team’s Facebook.


UBC Rocket is a student engineering design team dedicated to the designing, manufacturing, and launching of suborbital rockets. We currently have three ongoing projects to compete in the Spaceport America Cup, Launch Canada, and Base 11 competitions. Since our establishment in 2016, we have completed annually at the Spaceport America Cup, most notably winning in 2017. Launch Canada is a new competition that aims to foster rocketry development in Canada as the first all-Canadian rocketry competition. Base 11 is our most ambitious competition with a goal of designing a rocket to reach the space for a $1,000,000 prize. Each rocket poses a unique challenge with the development of a two-stage rocket and liquid engines that encompasses a broad range of engineering disciplines from software to mechanical engineering. If you love aerospace or just want a chance to develop your technical and communication skills, join us! To find out what we’ve been up to, check out our Facebook and find us on Twitter and Instagram.