Manchester Students for the Exploration and Development of Space



Manchester Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (MANSEDS) is an academic student society at The University of Manchester, and was the recipient of the Student Union's Academic and Departmental Society Award 2018. We are also affiliated with UK Students for the Exploration of Space (UKSEDS) and the Institute of Physics (IoP).

MANSEDS was formed four years ago as a single team to compete in the UKSEDS National Rocketry Competition. Since then we have grown to over 100 active members participating in our skill-based workshops and contributing to our six ambitious student-led projects: CanSat, Lunar Rover, Mars Rover, Mancunian Balloonian, Rocketry and Hybrid Rocket Motor.

MANSEDS aims to provide a platform to discuss and explore ideas related to space and technology, with the goal of improving students’ skills in a variety of technical and non-technical fields. Over the past four years, the range of projects has expanded to cover everything from lunar rovers to rockets. This expansion has only been possible through the dedication of members and the support received from the university and various sponsors from MACE, UKSEDS and IOP, to name a few. We continue to thank the organisations and individuals who have supported us in our endeavours.

Outreach is another important part of what we do as a society. We attend events aimed at schoolchildren and provide them with demonstrations and hands-on activities that teach them about various areas of space and its exploration. We also run an annual trip to the UKSEDS National Student Space Conference to provide our members a chance to learn about the ever-growing space industry and network with industry professionals.

Winner of the Manchester Student Union's

Academic and Departmental Society of the Year 2018


Below is our monthly MANSEDS newsletter, giving the ins-and-outs of the projects and the society as a whole. The PDF version is available here.


3 weeks ago

Merry Christmas everyone! Warmest greetings of the season and best wishes for happiness in the new year🎄

1 month ago
You Can Watch FOUR Rocket Launches Online Today By SpaceX, Blue Origin & More!

All Space fans!
Today we are expected to witness not 1, not 2, but 4 rocket launches, starting soon! Make some popcorn, sit back and relax. Links to all launches in the article below!

If you're a space fan, Christmas comes a week early this year. There are four — count 'em, four! — launches scheduled to take place today (Dec. 18), and you can watch them all live.

1 month ago

To whomever can drive and would be willing to do so for projects/events, would you be willing to be put on a list of drivers to contact?

(Possibly take a van test with the SU)