MIT Rocket Team

The MIT Rocket Team focuses on rocket-related projects ranging from designing and building a custom centrifugal liquid engine to the development of lighter, stronger composite airframes. We provide our members with the tools and knowledge to earn amateur-rocketry certifications through the National Association of Rocketry. 

MIT Rocket Team At a glance

Number of Members:

33 members in 2019-2020
Team leaders: 
  • Julia Gaubatz
Year began: 
Building 17
Past Events and Upcoming

The team is now building Hermes III, nearly identical to Hermes II. The team plans to launch Hermes II on February 1st, 2020, and in the summer of 2021, launch their rocket past the Karman line. 

On July 6, 2019, the team launced Hermes II at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry (FAR) site near Mojave, CA, but unfortunately the rocket dissassembled at seven seconds in.

On July 21, 2018 Hermes I soared to 32,400 ft above the Mojave Desert.

In June 2017, the MIT Rocket team won 2nd place at the Spaceport America Cup. First, Project Raziel won 2nd place in the 10,000 ft COTS Solid Propulsion category.  Raziel soared to 10,200 ft, the closest to target apogee we’ve ever achieved. Their other competition rocket, Project Virgo, which competed in the 30,000 ft Commercial Propulsion category, zoomed to 31,850 ft, establishing a new team record.

In 2016, the MIT Rocket team returned to IREC in Green River, Utah with their rocket, Therion III. Project Therion investigated the effect of Dielectric Barrier Discharge actuators at high speeds. Project Therion also flew more student-designed hardware than ever before, including the flight computer, parachutes, fiberglass tubes, and fins. The team launched at IREC on June 17, 2016, reaching an altitude of 9624 feet, an accuracy improvement of over 500 feet from their test flight in late April.

The MIT Rocket Team came in first place in the Basic (10,000 feet) category of the 2015 International Rocket Engineering Competition in June 2015.

Join the team

Membership is open to all MIT students and new members are always welcome at our meetings. Stay tuned for meeting times and locations.

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