The world’s premier undergraduate research group for experimental rocket technologies.


We are focused on pushing the state-of-the-art in rocket technology

Armed with determination and the goal of putting a scratch-built rocket into space, USCRPL was the world’s first student organization to successfully launch and recover an entirely student-designed and student-fabricated rocket (Traveler IV) past the Karman line, the recognized boundary of space at 100 km (328,084 ft). Now, the lab pushes forward with new goals, both in our atmosphere and beyond.


We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.
— President John F. Kennedy



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