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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.

Who We Are

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April 12, 2018

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!

April 10, 2018

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.

February 25, 2018
Photos from Orbital Launch Vehicle Team at Virginia Tech - OLVT's post

Detail is key and communication gets the job done.

January 30, 2018

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.

December 3, 2017
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.

November 13, 2017
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.

November 12, 2017

October 18, 2017
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.

September 28, 2017
Hokie 0.5 Onboard Camera

Onboard camera

September 28, 2017
Hokie 0.5 Sustainer Launch

First launch of Hokie 0.5!

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