at Virginia Tech (informally known as VT Rocketry) is a club and
associated design team, and an affiliate of the Virginia Tech College of
Engineering and the New River Valley Rocketry club. Our aim is to
create an environment for students to learn and work together
building, launching, and experimenting with
high power rockets; the club will also serve to connect students with
local rocketry clubs, and chapters of both Tripoli Rocketry Association
(TRA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), and aid those who
wish to pursue high power certification. We welcome students of ALL
majors, whether they be mechanical, electrical, civil, chemical,
computer or aerospace engineers, or even any other majors, from
architecture to physics to English. If you're interested in rockets,
we're interested in you.
Our design team this year we will be participating in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC), hosted by ESRA, in the Basic category, developing a high power rocket with a 10lb sensor payload of our choosing to launch to 10,000 ft at Spaceport America in Las Cruces, NM on June 2017. Our long-term goal is to eventually compete in the Advanced category, using a student-built hybrid rocket engine to launch a rocket to 25,000 ft.
In the 2015-2016 school year, we competed in the
Battle of the Rockets 2016 competition, and won 1st place in the Mars Rover
event, launching a high power rocket to 1,067 feet and deploying an
autonomous rover that then descended to the ground,
disconnected from its capsule and parachutes and autonomously navigated the
For the 2016-2017 school year, we meet every Thursday at 6:30 PM in Randolph 129 (first meeting is September 1st.) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our mailing list.