The University of Southern California’s Rocket Propulsion Laboratory is an undergraduate research laboratory that designs, builds and tests experimental rocketry and propulsion hardware.


Founded in 2005 with the goal of putting a student-designed and -built rocket into space, RPL’s rigorous research and development into state-of-the-art rocket technology has resulted in an impressive 8-mission set, comprising of over 12 different airframes and motors.

Armed with determination and the skills of USC students across all engineering disciplines, RPL has made incredible advances in the fields of solid and hybrid propellants, composite structures, thermal protection, high altitude recovery, and on-board avionics systems. 

With an unwavering emphasis on pushing the cutting-edge, USCRPL is the world’s premier undergraduate research group for experimental rocketry technologies.