Research Aims and Objectives


At the UC Rocketry Project, we have a few key objectives


  • Develop highly flexible control systems for sounding rockets suitable for a variety of payloads and rocket vehicle sizes


  • Utilize real-time minimal modelling of rocket dynamics to provide very tight control and to "self-correct" unforeseen disturbances during flight (see figure below) 


  • Provide research and graduates to New Zealand's space program


  • Spin-off the technology into other areas - for example the under-house rover came from a wireless concept first developed by UC Rocketry to remotely capture onboard and launch guide video. This technology was adapted for use with Arrow International in the Christchurch rebuild (

Controlled flight response with UC Rocketry control algorithm