Aspirespace is one of Britain's leading rocket engineering societies, with over two decades of experience in the design and construction of small rocket vehicles and associated hardware. Our activities include the design, construction and testing of hybrid rocket engines, rocket vehicles, and spaceplane prototypes designed to explore new ways of cheaply accessing the fringes of Space.
The society is a membership-based organisation. Our members are engineers, scientists and other enthusiasts with an interest in building and operating rockets and space hardware, with the common dream of creating Britain's own space programme. Several of our members, as well as ex-Aspire members, also work on commercial launch vehicles (Reaction engine's Skylon, Newton Launch Systems' UK microsat launcher, and Booster Industries' spaceplane) giving the society a strong knowledge base.
It's now over 20 years since the launch of Aspire 1, our first rocket, but various student groups continue the development work under the tutelage of us ‘old guys’.
To find out more about this exciting society, take a journey through our web site by selecting the links above. We update our technical papers regularly and there is a wealth of information here for the space enthusiast.
Rick Newlands, Aspirespace Chairman
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Spring 2017: Fortnightly build sessions at our Rickmansworth workshop, London.
Winter 2016: Kingston University students test-fire Rickroc engine and design test vehicle.
Summer 2016: Just received 3D laser-sintered printed parts to make a Swift Mark 4 radio-controlled model. Many thanks to the helpful people at 3T RPD
Summer 2016, Kingston Uni students test-fire a small Lox/HDPE hybrid engine as part of the H20 hybrid programme.