VADL in The Headlines

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June 14, 2022

Vanderbilt rocket team earns 2022 NASA Student Launch Project Award

Feb 16, 2022

New fund to sustain Vanderbilt Rocket Team successes

Emeritus trustee creates Dalton Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory Fund to support lab’s vision

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New fund to sustain Vanderbilt Rocket Team successes

May 28, 2021

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

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.

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

Jan 31, 2020

VADL alumnus makes Forbes' 30 Under 30 list with solar cell startup

VADL Alumnus Kevin Bush, BE’14, has been named to the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List, which highlights “600 revolutionaries in 20 industries changing the course-and the face-of business and society.” Bush was selected in the energy sector...

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VADL alumnus makes Forbes' 30 Under 30 list with solar cell startup

Dec 11, 2019

Vanderbilt rocketeers invited to special NASA Artemis unveiling day

Five mechanical engineering seniors got a rare, up-close look at the core stage for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket that will help power the first Artemis mission to the Moon. A team from the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Lab was specially selected by NASA to present their university-based flight projects to the NASA Administrator, NASA officials and national media at Artemis Day...

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Vanderbilt rocketeers invited to special NASA Artemis unveiling day

Nov 7, 2019

Vanderbilt Rocketeers take on the 2020 NASA Space Robotics Challenge

NASA is challenging college and university rocket teams to design solutions for its proposed manned and unmanned planetary missions...

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Vanderbilt Rocketeers take on the 2020 NASA Space Robotics Challenge

May 16, 2019

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

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...

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

May 17, 2018

Vanderbilt wins NASA rocketry championship for fifth time

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, California...

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Vanderbilt wins NASA rocketry championship for fifth time

Apr 9, 2018

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

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

Apr 2, 2018

Novel two-part rocket design addresses NASA challenge

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...

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Novel two-part rocket design addresses NASA challenge

Nov 3, 2017

VADL contributes to Maker Faire’s success

Members of Vanderbilt’s Aerospace Design Laboratory demonstrate their rocket, payload, and test stand to the nearly 4,000 attendees of Nashville’s First Mini Maker Faire.

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VADL contributes to Maker Faire’s success

Aug 1, 2017

Student Rocketeers earn second place in NASA contest

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.

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Student Rocketeers earn second place in NASA contest

Jul 27, 2017

Love Circle energy park to reach 5 years of continuous operation

On Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, the renewable energy pilot facility atop Nashville’s Love Circle will complete five years of continuous operation. A joint venture between the Vanderbilt School of Engineering and Metro Water Services, the public service project features a wind turbine and solar panels. It is a field training point for Vanderbilt engineering students and field...

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Love Circle energy park to reach 5 years of continuous operation

Oct 11, 2016

Mechanical engineering graduate student collects national and international astronautical awards

Christopher T. Lyne has won two prestigious awards hailing his work in astronautics. Lyne, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, has received the 2016 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics. Both awards are for his paper: “Design and Test of a 10N Hydrogen-Peroxide Monopropellant...

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Mechanical engineering graduate student collects national and international astronautical awards

May 12, 2016

VADL takes home national championship for the fourth year in a row

“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’ ...”

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VADL takes home national championship for the fourth year in a row

Apr 20, 2016

VADL wins payload design, project review awards at Student Launch 2016

“The Vanderbilt student rocket team collected two key awards in NASA’s Student Launch Challenge following a near flawless flight of their Thrustworthy rocket Saturday, April 16, at Bragg Farms in Toney, Alabama. ...”

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VADL wins payload design, project review awards at Student Launch 2016

Nov 23, 2015

VADL Provides Wind Power Demonstration

VADL team members engaged students from Whites Creek Academy in a tour of Vanderbilt’s solar array and turbines set up by VADL faculty lead Dr. Amrutur Anilkumar.

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VADL Provides Wind Power Demonstration