Leeds University Rocketry Association takes launch


Theo Youds has always dreamt of going to space. Since forming the first ever rocketry association at Leeds and leading two successful rocket flights, he's set his sights on the Spaceport America Cup.

“Ever since I was a child, I’ve been obsessed,” says Theo, third year mechanical engineering student. “But space travel has always been one of those things you see in the movies. By building rockets, understanding how things work, I realised it’s all possible and other Leeds students are seeing it too.”

Leeds University Rocketry Association (LURA) is a student-led, multi-discipline engineering team capable of designing, building and flying sub-orbital rockets. Their mission is simple: “We want to prepare the Mars generation. In the next 10 years Mars will happen and we want to make sure Leeds is a part of it.”

Theo’s aspirations follow in the footsteps of Leeds alum and astronaut Matthias Maurer (Materials Science Erasmus Scheme 1993), who began a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in November 2021 – you can read all about the role Leeds played in his journey to space in our recent magazine feature.

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