The Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA) is committed to increasing student interest in high power rocketry at The University of Michigan. Our goal is to teach students about the basics of rocketry and to provide hands-on exposure to the design, build, and test phases of engineering. The program also seeks to research and experiment with growing areas of rocketry such as hybrid propulsion, liquid propulsion, and composite materials. We pride ourselves on having rockets and ground support systems designed, built, and tested almost entirely by MASA members.

Every summer, MASA participates in the Inter-collegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC), which now takes place at Spaceport America in New Mexico. MASA enters student-developed rockets in both the 10,000 ft and 30,000 ft Categories. Most recently, with almost 100 teams from around the world competing at IREC 2017, MASA's hybrid engine rocket took 1st place in the 30k ft hybrid/liquid category. The team was then awarded the inaugural Spaceport America Cup, which is given to the team determined by the judges to be the overall winner of the competition.


Take a look at some of MASA's current and past rockets.


MASA boasts a diverse group of students from departments spanning the entire university.


Our generous sponsors have made MASA's mission possible.