Join UQ Space - UQ Space
The University of Queensland's Rocket Team
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Join UQ Space

Looking to join UQ Space? Just follow the steps below and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a member of our amazing team!

Our general intakes are in week one of Semester 1 and 2. If you missed out on joining during the recruitment times but still believe you’d be a great fit, just follow the steps below and we’ll assess on a case by case basis.


You can apply to join UQ Space if you are:

If you are successful in joining the team, you will be required to pay a $50 annual membership fee, which includes your personalised team shirt!


Unlike most UQ societies, we do have a semi-formal application process requiring the submission of a cover letter and resume.


Above all else, we value commitment, so don’t worry if you believe you don’t have enough experience or education.


Applications are open year-round, and successful applicants can start work immediately.


To apply, please email re: [Application] with the following details:

  • Name
  • Contact details (including student ID)
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Sub-team Preference


Don’t forget to read the FAQs below!


Here are some of questions we get most often from our new recruits. Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions!

Absolutely! Our team is made of members with all levels and areas of expertise.


If you don’t have an interest in the technical side of things, we always need members with experience in marketing, budgeting, sponsorship, occupational health and safety & logistics planning.


Put simply, almost any area of study within the university has relevance to UQ Space!

Nope! We look for all types of engineers, as 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 also create an opportunity for science students, and future research is always possible; bring us your ideas!

We pride ourselves in being a diverse team that strives for inclusivity, engagement and innovation.

UQ Space consists of engineering subsections specialising in:  avionics,  payload,  recovery,  propulsion  and  aerostructures, in addition to the boardbusiness & operations and systems teams. 

Each team is responsible for a fundamental component of our projects and successful operation – whether this is building a critical component of our rocket, or organising our budget for the year!

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.


We realise that team members may have other commitments, so we do our best to balance the demands of university and everyday life by working together to complete our projects efficiently.


Time commitments also depend on your role and responsibilities within the team.

Currently, you can not get course credit for participating in UQ Space.


UQ Space exists only as a society/extra-curricular project to provide hands-on experience in your field of study.


We are working towards creating the opportunity for members to complete a final year thesis or project (depending on your study area) as part of their involvement with UQ Space.

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!).

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 with UQ Space, combined with a stellar 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. Working with UQ Space also provides  opportunities for students to work alongside academics and industry, which is great for expanding your networks!