From a cattle station to the boundary of space

17 December 2020

Myrthe Snoeks was a Dutch backpacker living and working at a cattle station in regional Queensland when she decided she was going to study engineering and arts at UQ.

Myrthe Snoeks at QODE Brisbane Innovation Festival for UQ Ventures in 2019.

Four years on, the third-year student is Managing Director of UQ Space, a 100-strong organisation of students working to become the next generation of leaders in the Australian space industry. 

In just two years, the team has become the top-ranked student space organisation in Australia and New Zealand.

In 2021, their ambitions are firmly set on a new world record: to become the first student rocketry team to reach the boundary of space with a student-built rocket, definitive data and a scientific payload.

The concept for UQ space was floated (pun intended) in a 2018 session with UQ Idea Hub, a program that encourages students to experiment with entrepreneurialism.

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