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.

For the past 5 years, MASA competed in the Intercollegiate 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. At IREC 2017, MASA was awarded the inaugural Spaceport America Cup, which is given to the team determined by the judges to be the overall winner of the competition. Most recently, MASA became the first team to launch and recover a liquid bi-propellant rocket at IREC 2018.

MASA recently decided to enter in the Base11 Space Challenge. This competition tasks student teams with building a single stage liquid-fueled rocket and launching it to 100km, the edge of space. We are extremely excited about this challenge, and look forward to the challenging engineering problems in the upcoming year.


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.