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Student Projects in the Advanced Engineering Design Lab

Three members of the 3d printed aircraft team hold their airplane.

3D Printed Aircraft Team

Competition: 3DPAC National, Arlington Texas
Goal: To 3D print a fixed wing aircraft and participate in endurance type events.

The invents rocketry team poses for a group photo with a rocket outside.

inVenTs Rocketry

Competition: NASA's Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition, North Branch, Minnesota.
Goal: CEED affiliated robotics team utilizing cost/fuel-efficient rocket systems. 

Mars Madness human powered Mars rover with two students pedaling on course.

Mars Madness

Competition: NASA's Human Exploration Rover Challenge, NASA Florida.
Goal: To build a human powered rover suitable for rough Martian terrain.

A model rocket blasting off.

NASA Student Launch Initiative

Competition: NASA Student Launch.
Goal: To provide relevant, cost-effective rocket propulsion systems.

Orbital Launch Vehicle Team

Orbital Launch Vehicle Team

Goal: Initially to fly a rocket pass the Karman Line (100 km altitude) and then to place a satellite into low Earth orbit.

Three students carry a rocket on their shoulders.


Competition: Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition and Spaceport America Cup, New Mexico.
Goal: To launch a 10 lb payload to 10,000 feet altitude.

A solar panel ready to be tested in a thermal vacuum chamber


Goal: To launch a modular payload aboard a sounding rocket to advance cost-effective access to space for university student design teams.

A rocket on a launch pad.

SEDs Rocketry

Competition: University Student Rocketry Challenge
Goal: To design build and launch a multi-stage rocket to the highest possible altitude.

A student works on the mars ice challenge project.

VT Mars Ice Challenge

Competition: Mars Ice Challenge, Hampton, Virginia.
Goal: Design/build a Mars rover prototype to retrieve water from subsurface ice.

The Virginia Tech Wind Turbine team testing at competition.

Wind Turbine Team

Competition: Collegiate Wind Competition
Goal: To build, market, and select a mock implementation location for a viable wind turbine.

 Contact the Advanced Engineering Design Lab

501 Industrial Park Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone: (540) 231-1457 or (540) 231-5873