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Design teams and projects

An AOE design team flying an aircraft
The Kentland Experimental Aerial Systems (KEAS) Laboratory enables research collaborations involving small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

AIAA Design, Build, Fly 

Design, Build, Fly at Virginia Tech is an all-student design team led by undergraduate aerospace engineering seniors and assisted by underclassmen of all disciplines and skill sets. The entire team designs, fabricates, and tests a remote controlled aircraft to compete in the annual AIAA DBF competition.

Atmospheric Teaching Experiment at Virginia Tech 

The Atmospheric Teaching Experiment at Virginia Tech is a team of students that launches a high altitude balloon to inspire children and engage them in science, engineering and mathematics.

Formula SAE 

Formula SAE is an international competition put on by the Society of Automotive Engineers which challenges students to design, build and test a formula-style race-car.

Human Powered Submarine 

Human Powered Submarine (HPS) is an undergraduate team that competes in the biennial International Submarine Races. In order to do so, the team must design, build, and race a fully-flooded human-powered submarine, which is judged on criteria such as speed and innovation.

Orbital Launch VT 

The mission of OLVT is to become the first amateur organization to successfully build and fly an orbital launch vehicle and place a 1 kg payload into Low Earth Orbit (LEO).


The RockSat-X program is an initiative by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium in conjunction with NASA's Sounding Rocket Program Office (SRPO) to provide low-cost access to space for university student design teams. Teams are allotted a modular payload space on a sounding rocket which is launched every August from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Semi-Autonomous Mars Mining Robot (Astrobotics)  

The Virginia Tech Astrobotics multidisciplinary team is designing and building a rover to compete in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition.

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) at Virginia Tech 

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, or SEDS, is an independent student-based organization which promotes the exploration and development of space by educating people, supporting a network of interested students, developing leadership skills, and inspiring people through their involvement in space-related projects.

Virginia Tech Rocketry 

Rocketry at Virginia Tech is a club and associated design team, and an affiliate of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering and the New River Valley Rocketry club. Our aim is to create an environment for students to learn and work together building, launching, and experimenting with high power rockets.

Virginia Tech SailBot 

Designing and building a 2-meter long seaworthy craft can be complicated enough as is, and when constructing a fully autonomous boat, the technical aspect intensifies greatly. SailBot team members must incorporate (and build upon) their proficiencies in aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, ship dynamics, electronics, programming, structural design, material properties, machining, and project management. 

Wind Turbine Team at Virginia Tech

The Wind Turbine Team is a multi-disciplinary student club that designs, tests, sites, and markets wind turbines. The team participates in the Collegiate Wind Competition  hosted each year by the Department of Energy and NREL.