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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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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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Engineering students, organizations, labs contribute to Maker Faire’s success

Oct. 5, 2017—The Nashville Mini Maker Faire, held for the first time at The Wond’ry, attracted more than 4,000 visitors and 93 exhibitors – a jump in attendance of more than 50 percent and double the maker participation over 2016. At least 25 percent of the exhibits had Vanderbilt ties and many of them involved students, organizations...

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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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