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Vanderbilt Rocket Team collects coveted Altitude Award in 2023 NASA Student Launch competition

Jun. 6, 2023—The Vanderbilt University rocket, New Ham, successfully flew to within 4 feet of its 4500-foot altitude target to place first and collect the coveted Altitude Award in the 2023 NASA Student Launch competition. The team also earned a first-place award in the STEM Engagement category and placed second in the key Project Review category. The...

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A.V. Anilkumar is named Mark Dalton Faculty Director of Experiential Learning in Aerospace Engineering

May. 2, 2023—Former chair of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust and Vanderbilt Law School alumnus Mark F. Dalton, JD’75, has established a faculty director position to bolster innovative hands-on learning in aerospace design. The inaugural Mark Dalton Faculty Director of Experiential Learning in Aerospace Engineering is Amrutur “A.V.” Anilkumar, professor of the practice of aerospace engineering and...

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New fund to sustain Vanderbilt rocket team successes

Feb. 16, 2022—Emeritus trustee creates Dalton Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory Fund to support lab’s vision A devoted and longstanding Vanderbilt University supporter has combined his interest in space exploration with his enthusiasm for the university’s rocket team, winners of an unprecedented seven NASA Student Launch national championships in 10 years. Mark F. Dalton, JD’75, emeritus trustee and...

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Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond visits Vanderbilt, laying groundwork for future partnership

May. 27, 2021—United States Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond visited Vanderbilt University to learn about the pioneering aerospace engineering projects at the university’s research institutes and trans-institutional programs. The visit also presented areas for collaboration with the newest independent service of the U.S. military. After an introduction by Vice Chancellor for...

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Rocketeers claim sixth NASA championship with novel UAV search and deploy mission

May. 16, 2019—Vanderbilt’s Aerospace Design Laboratory again earned top honors in NASA’s 2019 National Student Launch Competition, the Space Agency announced today. This is the lab’s sixth national championship, winning the top spot in the last seven years: 2019-2018 and 2016-2013. “The 2019 project has been one of our most complex experiments to date. The challenges—both imposed...

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Vanderbilt wins NASA rocketry championship for fifth time

May. 11, 2018—The Vanderbilt Student Launch team won the NASA University Student Launch Competition for an unprecedented fifth time—following up on their eighth Payload Design Award—the space agency announced today. Vanderbilt returned to its winning ways after having placed second overall last year, following a string of four championships 2013-2016. University of North Carolina-Charlotte, University of Louisville,...

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Student rocketeers earn second place in NASA contest

May. 12, 2017—Engineering students from the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory earned the second place in the 2017 NASA-Orbital ATK Rocket Challenge. They received a cash prize of $2,500, an award created this year by the National Space Club in Huntsville, Alabama. For ten straight years, Vanderbilt has soared to success with innovative rocket designs and payloads and...

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Vanderbilt rocket camjet to capture landing hazards during NASA contest

Jan. 16, 2014—Organizers of the NASA Student Launch Program (SLP) have announced a final field of 27 collegiate teams to compete in the space agency’s 2013-2014 national rocketry challenge, and have introduced a number of changes to the program. This is the seventh year the Vanderbilt Aerospace Club, the 2012-2013 national champion, has been selected for the...

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