About us

Rocketry 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 surrounding terrain.