Our Team


YUAA members work in teams to build and fly rockets, planes, quadcopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles. From first idea to finished aircraft, YUAA projects are entirely student-run. Since 2010, YUAA has helped foster Yale’s engineering community by welcoming students of any experience level or background and hosting events to promote aerospace engineering on campus.

Our Mission

The Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association promotes and advances aerospace engineering through collaboration, innovation, and outreach. YUAA cultivates leaders who meet challenges with discipline and creativity.

Our Projects

Yale Aerospace has four exciting projects this year. The team will:

  • Develop a rocket with a specialised payload for the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC)
  • Construct a CubeSat as part of a multi-year project that promises to culminate in YUAA’s first satellite in low earth orbit
  • Construct a fully functional optical telescope to carry out deep sky observations and astrophotography
  • Build a high performance UAV capable of completing competition objectives

Last year, YUAA built a rocket and rover system for the Battle of the Rockets competition, successfully launched a multi-stage rocket capable of recovery, constructed a fully steerable radio telescope to probe the milky way galaxy in the hydrogen spectrum, and built an advanced UAV for competition.  

Our History

In 2010, YUAA began launching high-altitude balloon projects designed to photograph the Earth and perform atmospheric experiments. YUAA’s second balloon, Horizon, took this website’s banner image.

In 2013, Yale Aerospace expanded into high-power rocketry, winning first place in the Astro-Egg Lander event of the Battle of the Rockets competition in Culpeper, Virginia. At the same time, YUAA created the Command Center, an electronic control and communication module programmable for use in any aircraft.

YUAA members have traveled to rocket competitions, flown autonomous aircraft, imaged distant galaxies, launched balloons, taken videos with quadcopters, navigated blimps through an obstacle course, tested hybrid rocket motors, and more.

Our Values

YUAA welcomes everyone, regardless of prior experience, skill level, or academic background. Team members learn, link, and apply the many techniques and disciplines that constitute aerospace science and engineering. YUAA grows by building long-term relationships with Yale students and faculty as well as with local and national off-campus organizations.

To learn more about doing fun and challenging engineering in a friendly and exciting environment, contact us at yaleaerospace@gmail.com.