We Build Rockets

We are River City Rocketry.  Founded in 2011, we are a passionate group of students from the University of Louisville. Over ten months, we design, build, and test a high-powered rocket to compete in an annual collegiate level rocket launch competition.

The team spent its first 7 seasons at NASA Student Launch.  The team won 14 awards overall placing in the top five each year. Finally, during the 2016–2017 season, the rocket "Typhon Heavy" won the team a first place overall trophy for the first time since its inception.

In 2018, we targeted new sights and joined the Spaceport America Cup. In its first year, the team achieved international acclaim placing 8th overall of 122 teams. The 2018-2019 rocket "Justify" earned RCR its first James Barrowman Award for Flight Dynamics by soaring to 10,081 feet—99.9% of our estimated apogee. The autonomous stowable UAV payload also placed first in the SDL Payload Challenge. We continue to set our sights higher than before as we develop our first student-researched propulsion systems for the 2021-2022 season.

River City Rocketry

Spaceport America Cup Awards

NASA Student Launch Awards

2017 - 2018

3rd Place Overall

 1st Place Safety Award

2nd Place Vehicle Design Award

3rd Place Project Review Award

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2015 - 2016

2nd Place Overall

 Safety Award

Website Award

2016 - 2017

Overall Winners

 Vehicle Design Award

River City Rocketry

2014 - 2015

2nd Place Overall

 Project Review Award

Vehicle Design Award

Safety Award

"Nil sine magno labore." Nothing without great effort. The team would not be what it is today without the hard work of its members. The story of our hard work is captured in a number of videos, meticulously documented by the team's 2016-2017 season recovery lead, Evan Schurr.

Our Story

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2018 - 2019

8th Place Overall

James Barrowman Award for Flight Dynamics

1st Place SDL Payload Challenge