Welcome to Student Space Systems

Founded in 2014, SSS is the premier student high-powered rocketry organization on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus

Our Mission

Our mission at SSS is to push the boundaries of university-level launch capabilities and high-powered rocketry by providing students opportunities and resources and reducing the logistical and financial barriers to high altitude experimentation.


SSS is one of few student teams actively designing rocket engines powerful enough to carry a rocket to over 100 km and eventually into space. Our team of engineers are creating cost-effective, lightweight, and durable hybrid and liquid engines by using DMLS printing technology and advanced simulation software.



Our path to space is lined with a series of increasingly capable launch vehicles. We design, manufacture, and integrate metal and composite structural components with a variety of systems that support payload deployment, propulsion, stabilization, and recovery. 


Avionics Hardware

Many of our mechanical systems are monitored and actuated with electronic and computational systems built from the ground up. These projects span many disciplines including power electronics, wireless communication, FPGA development, PCB design, signal processing, and control systems.


Our Team

We’re 100 members strong, with representation from nearly every engineering department at UIUC. Our organization is divided into our four departments: Avionics, Propulsion, Research & Development, and Structures.





Our Sponsors

Student Space Systems’ sponsors provide us vital support in pursuing our mission through state of the art tools and equipment, in-kind contributions, and monetary help. Interested in helping Student Space Systems? Click the button below!


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UIUC AE Department

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Northrop Grumman

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UIUC ECE Department

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Bay Area Circuits

Latest News

Get updates on Student Space Systems as we continue in our goal to further university-level high-powered rocketry!

Student Space Systems featured in ANSYS blog

SSS’ work on the injector plate of our liquid rocket engine was featured today in the ANSYS blog. ANSYS has been a dedicated sponsor of SSS since 2016 and our[…]

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Student Space Systems Featured in Daily Illini Article

Student Space Systems saw some exciting media presence after being published in the Daily Illini! We were recently featured in the Technograph page of the student-run newspaper. Check it out! https://dailyillini.com/…/student-space-systems-aims-launc…/

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