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Vanderbilt Rocketeers take on the 2020 NASA Space Robotics Challenge

Nov. 7, 2019—NASA is challenging college and university rocket teams to design solutions for its proposed manned and unmanned planetary missions to the Moon and beyond. The agency is committed to landing American astronauts, including the first woman, on the Moon by 2024 through its Artemis exploration program. A 25-member engineering team—13 seniors, 9 undergraduates and three...

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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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Design Day showcases Mars habitat, interstate cap, dozens of innovations

Apr. 25, 2019—Design Day 2019 took students and visitors to Mars, a diving depth of 300 feet and a potential green oasis above a stretch of Interstate 65. Other projects included a robotic device for a young boy born with a partial right hand, an easily customized ultrasound brain helmet, an affordable 3D-printed canine prosthetic, advanced lab...

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Vanderbilt’s rocket rolls and captures payload design award at NASA launch contest

Apr. 10, 2018—The Vanderbilt rocket team collected a key award at the NASA’s Student Launch Challenge and followed up with a successful flight of their rocket Sunday, April 8, at Bragg Farms in Toney, Alabama. At the awards banquet at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville April 7, Vanderbilt – four-time national champs – won...

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From 3-D printed bones to refueling drones, check out Design Day April 23

Apr. 8, 2018—With the start of each new academic year, engineering seniors don’t get the luxury of easing in to their capstone design projects. Discussion of potential projects and the rigorous process begins with the first or second meeting of the two-semester course. Sponsors and professors present project needs and, depending on the department, students rank their...

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Novel two-part rocket design addresses NASA challenge – launch is April 7

Mar. 29, 2018—Rockets naturally roll during ascent, posing great difficulty in imaging objects on the ground. Engineering students in the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory tackled that challenge. On Saturday, April 7, at the 2018 NASA Student Launch Competition in Toney, Alabama, they will demonstrate a payload design that helps capture image targets The Vanderbilt team has designed...

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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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Student rocketeers win fourth national championship in a row

May. 13, 2016—  Vanderbilt student rocketeers have won NASA’s Orbital-ATK University Student Launch competition for the fourth year in a row. They had to beat out 40 other university teams in the yearlong national competition in order to achieve this “four-peat.” NASA announced the results of the competition May 12. Teams from the University of Louisville and...

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