QM Aurora Initiative


Designing, constructing and launching amateur-class rockets to represent QMUL at competitions across the UK and beyond.


Please do not buy a membership unless you have already conducted an interview with us and have been selected to join.

Interested in joining? Sign up by 15/10/23 http://forms.gle/w514QSsV7uBgkXpq5

“Rocket science is tough, and rockets have a way of failing.” - Sally Ride

We are the Queen Mary Aurora Initiative, a society built to design, construct and launch competition rockets from scratch. We founded this organisation with the aim of providing committed students across all schools of QM a way to enhance their experience at university. Having won an award for 'Most Original Design' for our Cansat experiment at Mach-23 in Scotland last year, we aim to design our very own rocket for attendance at the competition this year, as well as EuRoC in Portugal.



The society is comprised of two divisions, engineering and operations, each essential to the completion of our mission. 




Researching and developing your own experiment to fit inside the payload compartment of the rocket, the main focus this year will be on a cyanobacteria experiment to test for photosynthesis


Responsible for the Flight computers, sensors and all communication to and from the rocket. You will be designing your own flight computers, PCB’s and ground station communication equipment along with choosing the components of the avionics module on the rocket.


Responsible for the fuselage design of the rocket and the selection and installation of the engine


Works closely with the avionics team to lead the software aspects of the rocket including simulations, testing and programming of the rocket


Making sure the rockets hit intended apogee and are also recovered in one piece, you will be selecting parachutes and designing the release and recovery systems of the rockets

Liquid Engine

This is a new team this year dedicated to designing prototypes of a liquid engine for future years. You will have the opportunity to start manufacturing, but it will not be implemented in the design of any of the rockets this year


Social Media

Responsible for maintaining the social media accounts throughout the year (Instagram, LinkedIn, website, etc.) with important updates, posts and stories

Finance and logistics

Acquiring grants and sponsorship from the university and external companies, building relations, and handling logistics to do with bookings for events: transport, accommodation etc.



Aurora is a completely open society, we welcome poeple from all courses, schools and paths of life. Whether you do Engineering, Political science, Biology or film theres always more room on the rocket (metaphorically speaking, in a literal sense those things are pretty packed). There are no strict requirements for joining, with the nature of the project, no matter what course you're doing, everything should be fairly new (as long as QM doesnt start a rocket engineering course that is). All we expect from our members is a commitment to learn on the job.



QM Aurora Initiative Primary Elections 2024/25

This is Aurora Initiative's elections for the academic year 2024/2025, to be eligible to run you will need to have this years membership and be a student next year at QMUL.

2 posts are up for election.

The polls have closed.

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