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

Jan. 31, 2020 - 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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Vanderbilt rocketeers invited to special NASA Artemis unveiling day

Dec. 12 - 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 take on the 2020 NASA Space Robotics Challenge

Nov. 7 - NASA is challenging college and university rocket teams to design solutions for its proposed manned and unmanned planetary missions...

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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...

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Vanderbilt wins NASA rocketry championship for fifth time

May. 17, 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, California...

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

Apr. 8, 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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Novel two-part rocket design addresses NASA challenge

Apr. 2, 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...

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VADL contributes to Maker Faire’s success

Nov. 3, 2017—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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Student Rocketeers earn second place in NASA contest

Aug. 1, 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.

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Love Circle energy park to reach 5 years of continuous operation

Jul. 27, 2017—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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Mechanical engineering graduate student collects national and international astronautical awards

Oct. 11, 2016—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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VADL takes home national championship for the fourth year in a row

May. 12, 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’ ...”

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

Apr. 20, 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 Provides Wind Power Demonstration

Nov. 23, 2015—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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