Help LURA reach the Spaceport America Cup

by LURA in Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Help LURA reach the Spaceport America Cup


£2,500 target 13 days left
67% 25 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 7th November 2021 at 1:25pm

Raising the funds necessary for Leeds' first ever rocketry team to compete in the Spaceport America Cup.

by LURA in Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Who Are We?

The Leeds University Rocketry Association (LURA) is Leeds’ first student rocketry team, formed with a core purpose we call preparing the Mars generation. That is, preparing the future astronauts, engineers, strategists, and leaders that will soon take humankind further than we have ever gone before. We see this mission as consisting of three distinct actions:

1.    Provide engineers with real-world, hands-on experience designing, building, and flying rockets.

2.    Expose non-technical students to the processes and requirements of a space mission.

3.    Build a worldwide network to promote aerospace opportunities for Leeds’ students and graduates. 

In order to build momentum on these three actions and gain the necessary expertise and experience required to leave a lasting legacy, this year we are designing and constructing Leeds’ first ever student-built rocket, the Gryphon I. To demonstrate our abilities on a global stage, we will then compete with the Gryphon I at the world’s largest rocket engineering competition, the Spaceport America Cup, in New Mexico, USA, next June. 

To fly at the Spaceport America Cup in our first year of formation is the very definition of indisputable excellence. This technical feat, coupled with the imaginative and impactful outreach campaign we are currently planning, will undoubtedly put Leeds on the map as an up-and-coming hub for UK student rocketry. 

Why Are We Fundraising?

When we started this project, we had always envisioned it being fully funded solely by the University of Leeds, acting as a powerful show of force for the university’s engineering capability.

Since inception, we have received incredible help from academics at the university, who have dedicated huge amounts of time to supporting the project. However, with mass budget cuts and disruption across the campus over the past year, it is clear that our budget will need to be supplemented with additional funding. Rather than give up on our mission of flying the Gryphon I at the Spaceport America Cup next June, we have decided to kickstart the search for sponsorship ourselves.

As a demonstration of our relentless commitment to the mission, during October we shall be taking on the challenge of collectively walking/running the distance from the University of Leeds to the Spaceport America, in New Mexico - a whopping 8014.7 km!


Never ones to ask for something in exchange for nothing, we have put together a reward system to show our gratification for your support. Please give generously and remember that with every penny, you are helping to prepare the Mars generation and revolutionise aerospace at Leeds.

Spaceport America Cup

The Spaceport America Cup is the world’s largest rocket engineering competition, with over 150 teams from across eleven countries congregating every year for a week of launches and conference attended by the biggest players in the aerospace industry. It is by far the most prestigious event in student rocketry and pales similar competitions in comparison.


The competition itself is split into six categories, by apogee and propulsion type. With a strong aim on simplicity for our first year, we will be competing in the Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Solid Motor category

Get in Touch!

If you would like to learn more about our mission, help us achieve it, or discuss the possibility of working with LURA in the future, please don’t hesitate to reach out!


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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

£30 - LURA T-Shirt

For £30, as well as being listed on our website as a supporter, you will receive a LURA T-Shirt - the same as the ones our team wear.

£10 or more

£10 - Name on our Website

For just £10 you will be listed on our website as one of our valued supporters.

£20 or more

£20 - LURA Mug

For £20, as well as being listed on our website as a supporter, you will receive a LURA branded mug.

£50 or more

£50 - LURA Baseball Cap

For £50, as well as being listed on our website as a supporter, you will receive a LURA Baseball Cap.

£100 or more

2 of 25 claimed

£100 - Your Name on our Rocket

For £100, as well as being listed on our website as a supporter, we will write your name on the body of the Gryphon I we will fly at the Spaceport America Cup. Evidence of your support will be immortalised on Leeds' first ever student-built rocket.

£250 or more

£250 - The MegaBundle

A true LURA fan. For £250 you will receive a LURA mug, LURA T-shirt, LURA baseball cap, your name on our Gryphon I rocket, and be listed on our website as a premium supporter.

£500 or more

£500 - Your Logo on our Rocket

For £500, your company/organisation will become one of LURA's valued sponsors and your logo will feature on our Gryphon I rocket that we will fly at the Spaceport America Cup. Your organisation will have played a vital role in revolutionising aerospace at Leeds and we will stay in touch regularly to explore new ways we can work together in the future.

£750 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£750 - 3D Printed Scale Model of Gryphon I Rocket

For £750, you will be listed on our website as a premium supporter, your name will feature on the Gryphon I we will fly at the Spaceport America Cup, you will receive a LURA T-Shirt, the same as our team wear, and you will be a proud owner of your very own bespoke 3D printed scale display model of our G1 rocket.

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