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Aerospace Team Graz

The Aerospace Team Graz is an interdisciplinary team of students with one big goal: to develop their own rocket and participate in the Spaceport America Cup 2022 in New Mexico. The rocket should be up to 3 metres tall and propel to a height of up to 10 km.

Over 60 students from various disciplines are working together in the Aerospace Team Graz to achieve this goal.

Several groups in the Rocket Team are responsible for developing the rocket:

  • Aerodynamics: The aerodynamics group is developing the outer design of the rocket to ensure its basic flight stability, from the nose cone to the fins at the rear. First, the design is tested in simulations, then a prototype is constructed and put to test in the wind tunnel and in field experiments.
  • Avionics: The avionics group is focusing on the rocket’s hardware and software. In addition to the sensors and main computer, they are working on rocket control, data transmission and visualisation.
  • Propulsion: The propulsion group is designing and manufacturing the rocket engine, which includes dealing with additive manufacturing processes, fluid mechanics and different materials.
  • Recovery: In order to bring the rocket safely down to the ground again, the recovery group is developing parachutes along with devising their anchorage and ejection systems.
  • Structure: The structure group ensures that all manufactured components are integrated into the outer skin and basic structure of the rocket. Reducing weight and balancing the rocket’s centre of gravity are therefore key issues.
  • System Engineers: The system engineering group is coordinating and optimising the overall process by means of thorough project, risk, time and resource management.

Our Safety Officers ensures the safety of the entire Aerospace Team Graz when testing and handling hazardous substances.

The Business Team is divided into Marketing and System Administration:

  • Marketing: The Marketing group deals with the organisation of our rollouts, conferences, lectures, teambuilding and launch events. They also ensure that the team is well represented on social media.
  • System Administration: Our system administrators are responsible for all our IT systems and thus enable the work of the other groups.

The Aerospace Team Graz also benefits from the help of an Advisory Board, a committee of supporters who monitor progress at technical review events and support the students with their feedback and experiences.

Launch of two rockets


  • Name: Aerospace Team Graz
  • Field of action: Development of a rocket for participation in the Spaceport America Cup
  • Contact:
  • Target group: motivated students from all fields of study who are interested in the development and construction of a rocket
Michael Hofer
Michael Hofer, president

In the last two decades, the space industry has finally picked up speed again. The world is in the second Space Race. This time, however, with the support of the private sector. Students in Graz also have the opportunity to gain experience in this field during their studies.

The Aerospace Team Graz is an inter-university team of dedicated space enthusiasts who are engaged in the development and construction of their own rockets. Due to our wide range of tasks, we offer an excellent complement to the theoretical education at the university for everyone. From CAX tools to project management and hardware-related programming, every course of study finds its application with us.

You want to develop a rocket together with 60 students? Would you like to write your bachelor's or master's thesis with us in the field of aerospace? Then get in touch with us on our website!

From design to launch - students from a wide range of disciplines at TU Graz are developing rockets for the Spaceport America Cup 2022.


  • Development and construction of rockets and rocket components
  • Participation in the Spaceport America Cup for the first time in 2022
  • Research and development in the field of aerospace
  • Networking meetings with other aerospace teams
  • Public relations work at fairs and conferences


All students who want to get involved in building the rocket for the Spaceport America Cup 2022 are welcome to join us at the Aerospace Team Graz!

Contact the team: visit the website www.astg.at or send us an e-mail at infonoSpam@astg.at.