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We are a team of Virginia Tech students whose goal is simple: to put a rocket in space. Specifically, we want to be able to place a small 2.66kg CubeSat (mini satellite) into Low Earth Orbit. Something like this has never been done before by an amateur organization (i.e. not a government or large government-aided corporation) and it will have huge implications for low-cost access to space. Colleges across the country could follow our lead and develop a method to put satellites and small experiments into space themselves. This will give a serious boost to the space industry and give students who are, like us, extremely passionate about space an opportunity to gain hands-on experience on a project that is directly relevant to their future careers. It will also allow Virginia Tech to develop a ground-to-LEO launch service for other universities' projects, which will provide income for the Team to enable us to keep innovating.
If you think this is the coolest thing you've ever heard, please don't hesitate to get involved! Like our Facebook page, Orbital Launch at Virginia Tech, for updates, and if you're feeling generous, consider sponsoring us. Anything is greatly appreciated because building an orbital launch vehicle is, as you would expect, quite expensive. Thank you! Additionally, if you happen to be a Virginia Tech student in any major and want to join the team, apply now.
The video to the right is of a Japanese sounding rocket that attempted to put a bread box satellite into orbit. Our final product will most likely be very similar, and thus this is a look ahead at what we hope to accomplish in less than three years.