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About Us

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 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.

What We Hope to Accomplish

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3 weeks ago
Photos from Orbital Launch Vehicle Team at Virginia Tech - OLVT's post

Detail is key and communication gets the job done.

1 month ago

Hello fellow space enthusiasts!

Get ready for the first Super Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 years tomorrow! The last time North America saw one was in 1866.

3 months ago
The Collegiate Times

The Orbital Launch Vehicle Team is aiming to create a payload rocket that will be sent into orbit. If successful, Virginia Tech will be the first university to ever achieve this feat.

4 months ago
Photos from Orbital Launch Vehicle Team at Virginia Tech - OLVT's post

Update from Kansas: We had a successful 2 stage launch and recovery with an M and L motor at Kloudbusters! Stay tuned for videos and data coming within the next couple days.

4 months ago

5 months ago
Photos from Orbital Launch Vehicle Team at Virginia Tech - OLVT's post

OLVT would like to take a minute to thank a couple people that are very near and dear to us, Robert and Gloria from AMW Pro-X. They have been an instrumental part of our rocket team, contributing design expertise and recommendations on AMW Pro-X's quality rocket supplies, motors, and avionics. If you are interested in getting into high power rocketry, or just want to learn more, we highly recommend you check out their website and Facebook page.

5 months ago
Hokie 0.5 Onboard Camera

Onboard camera

5 months ago
Hokie 0.5 Sustainer Launch

First launch of Hokie 0.5!

5 months ago

Hello rocket enthusiasts!!!
we are so sorry for keeping you waiting on all of our pictures and videos from our Nevada Launch. I am Happy to inform you that we successfully launched the sustainer stage of our 2 stage monster, Hokie 0.5. Here is a picture of the 15 members in attendance with the sustainer before launch. Enjoy!

6 months ago

Member Spotlight: ALEX

Alex is the Team 'Smart Aleck' and is a Sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering!

"I joined OLVT because I wanted to make history, to show that college students can do amazing things if given the right resources. I want to develop a low-cost launch system to allow other students to put small payloads into orbit."

Favorite Memory with OLVT:
"Our very first launch that went off without a hitch and being surrounded by people I call friends."

Role Models:
Carl Sagan, Jon Denver, Bob Ross, Bernie Sanders, Paul Walker, and the women of Hidden Figures.

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