From a cattle station to the boundary of space

8 Dec 2020

This article was originally published in Contact Magazine.

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.

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.

But for Snoeks, the real sense of achievement isn’t in the rockets – it’s in the people that make them.

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