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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.
Although our last trip to BALLS didn't quite go as planned, we are committed to reaching space and in the redesign process.

More information on our current rocket can be found on our Kickstarter page, which funded $5,941 of it in June 2018.

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October 2, 2018

A long awaited update regarding our launch attempt at BALLS 27...

After delaying launch until Sunday due to a dust storm, OLVT experienced a misfire of the sustainer motor during final integration around noon. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. Moving forward, OLVT along with Tripoli are investigating to determine the root cause and implement additional safety policy/procedures to make sure this never happens again. We still have a perfectly intact booster motor and booster avionics bay, and are looking forward to the future!

A big thank you to all our followers, sponsors, and mentors for sticking with us through this difficult time.

August 30, 2018
Photos from Orbital Launch Vehicle Team at Virginia Tech - OLVT's post

Hello Rocket Enthusiasts!
The team has been working around the clock and has not had much time for pictures but an update is overdue. Our launch for Hokie 0.6 is still on schedule for September 22 in Black Rock, Nevada! For those of you just tuning into our journey, Hokie 0.6 is our space shot rocket. If this launch is a success, OLVT will be the first college team to pass the Karman line (100 Km) and enter Space. Thank you all for your enthusiastic support. Here are some old images to give you a sneak peak as to what is to come in less than a month!

June 6, 2018

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.

May 20, 2018
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.

May 15, 2018
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.

May 11, 2018
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.

May 1, 2018
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.

April 27, 2018
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.

April 25, 2018
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.

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