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


Click on this link to read our monthly MANSEDS newsletter, giving the ins-and-outs of the projects and the society as a whole, as well as articles from the space industry as a whole. Past issues are also available here, where you can join our mailing list.


4 days ago
European Research Council Robotics Competition 2019

Hello Everyone!

One of our crowdfunding projects is now online! Click the link below if you want to help us represent Manchester and the UK on the European Rover Challenge competition in September. ... See more

Help Manchester Students for the Exploration and Development of Space compete in the ERC 2019!

1 month ago
Descent through the stratosphere

The moment Mancunian Balloonian burst at an altitude of 31.7 km (104K feet), captured by our downward facing keychain camera. Bits of the balloon after burst can be seen two seconds into the video. ... See more

1 month ago

News about Mancunian Balloonian's latest launch are spreading around the world! Our logo has made it to the Space Flight Operations Facility at NASA's JPL #MancunianBalloonian