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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 5U (7kg) of CubeSat 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.

Check out our promo video to the right. OLVT is currently designing a two stage rocket capable of breaking the Karman line. If successfully launched in September at BALLS 27, OLVT will become the first undergraduate body to reach space.

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2 months ago

Team Update:

Our Kickstarter was over 100% funded which means out next rocket, Hokie 0.6 is fully paid for!

Thank you to everyone that helped make that happen by donating or sharing our posts!

Special shout outs go to the Behan Family, Shomir Banerjee, Bob and Karen Ventura, J and Mariellen Angelo, the Guzman Family, Lindsay Mann, and Brandon Guzman for their support and contributions to Hokie 0.6.

2 months ago
OLVT Hokie 0.6 Rocket

There are only 4 DAYS left in our Kickstarter campaign and we are 82% of the way funded!!!

There's only a little bit left that we need, if you can spare even $20 OLVT would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you to everyone that has been supporting us thus far.

Virginia Tech rocket design team aiming to become the first amateur organization and college to place a payload into Low Earth Orbit.

3 months ago
OLVT Hokie 0.6 Rocket

Hello rocket enthusiasts!!
We have 9 days left in our Kickstarter and have 65% of our goal. If you haven't already donated we could use your help. Thank you for all of your support so far! Keep looking up!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2095728333/olvt-hokie-06-rocket

Virginia Tech rocket design team aiming to become the first amateur organization and college to place a payload into Low Earth Orbit.

3 months ago
OLVT Hokie 0.6 Rocket

Hey all! We have about two weeks left and we are more than half way there towards our goal! Thank you for spreading the word and all your support. The Kármán line isn’t too far as parts are coming in and we are going into build and assembly. If you already haven’t done so, be sure to check out our kickstarter campaign at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2095728333/olvt-hokie-06-rocket

Virginia Tech rocket design team aiming to become the first amateur organization and college to place a payload into Low Earth Orbit.

3 months ago
OLVT Hokie 0.6 Rocket

Hello Rocket enthusiasts! At only 7 days into the kickstarter campaign we have raised 1/4 of our goal! This rocket will be launching at Black Rock soon enough and it is all thanks to you!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2095728333/olvt-hokie-06-rocket

Virginia Tech rocket design team aiming to become the first amateur organization and college to place a payload into Low Earth Orbit.

3 months ago
OLVT Hokie 0.6 Rocket

Hello rocket enthusiasts! Shout out to all of our backers! It is day 2 of our Kickstarter campaign and we already hit $1,000 of our $5,838 goal. We can not thank you all enough for you enthusiastic support of our team and will make you proud.
Keep looking up!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2095728333/olvt-hokie-06-rocket

Virginia Tech rocket design team aiming to become the first amateur organization and college to place a payload into Low Earth Orbit.

3 months ago
OLVT Hokie 0.6 Rocket

Hello rocket enthusiasts! Go and check out the Kickstarter page that we have launched to help support our next rocket!

Virginia Tech rocket design team aiming to become the first amateur organization and college to place a payload into Low Earth Orbit.

4 months ago

Hello rocket enthusiasts!

We have more great news this week! Orbital ATK has agreed to join the OLVT family in our endeavor to be the first amateur organization to reach low earth orbit! We look forward to progressing our relationship with Orbital ATK and showing the world what we can do!

4 months ago

Hello Rocket Enthusiasts! Great News! Our body for Hokie 0.6 has been designed and parts have been ordered. Stay tuned for updates on the avionics and propulsion.