How much time is required to be apart of the team?
UQ Space is the type of project where the more time you put in, the more you can gain from it. The team requires its members to attend weekly meetings and to complete allocated tasks. In short, we require commitment. With university life, there are always pressures from coursework, employment, etc. We realise this, however, with enough committed members we are all able to complete the project as a team, while also balancing the demands of university and everyday life. Time commitments also depend on your role and responsibilities within the team.
Is this project part of coursework/can I get credit for it?
Currently, UQ Space exists as an extra-curricular project to provide hands-on experience in your field of study. We are working towards creating the opportunity to complete a final year thesis or project (depending on your study area).
Do you have to be studying aerospace or engineering to join?
Not at all! As the team are required to manage all of our own marketing, budgeting, sponsorship, occupational health and safety & logistics planning, almost any area of study within the university has relevance to UQ Space. Even within engineering, more than just mechanical and aerospace engineering is required – for example, we have the opportunity create our own electrical systems, flight computer and any automated systems, so electrical, computer, software and mechatronic engineering students are also a fundamental component of our team. Our payloads create an opportunity for science students, and future research is always possible; bring us your ideas!
How can I join?
UQ Space is always looking for enthusiastic, hard-working and committed people to join us in any of our sub-teams or business ventures. Just contact us and we will walk you through the process.
How much does the team actually design and build?
As much as possible. The university encourages the team to produce as much as we can ourselves – we learn more this way, and also it tends to be cheaper. Obviously, some components are purchased and incorporated into our design, we start with COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) components and work towards creating our own. The majority of the actual competing rocket is designed by the team and manufactured with help from the University’s Makerspace. We go through design reviews and CAD (computer-aided-design) through to manufacturing and testing, and eventually competing (and winning!).
What benefits can this project give my career?
UQ Space exists to provide students with the chance to gain a competitive edge whilst still studying. Creating an opportunity to go beyond what is taught in a classroom setting, bridging the gap between university and industry through practical real-world experience and collaboration. Working on UQ Space, combined with performance in coursework, will make you stand out from the crowd when looking for employment when you graduate. Additionally, it is also a fun and exciting way to apply the theory learnt in courses to real-life situations. Don’t forget the incredible value of being able to directly work with industry and academics, networking is an invaluable benefit.