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:

30 members in 2016-2017
Team leaders: 
  • Andrew Adams (AeroAstro 2018), Team Lead
  • Matt Vernacchia (AeroAstro 2015), Team Lead
  • James Logan (MechE 2015), Team Lead
  • Julia Crowley Farenga (AeroAstro ’16), President
  • Ryan R. Webb (AeroAstro ’16), Vice President
  • Eric Riehl (AeroAstro ’17), Publicity Chair
  • Connie Y Liu (AeroAstro 2015), Treasurer
Year began: 
Building 17
Past Events and Upcoming

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.

For 2017, the team’s major goal this year is to achieve a 10,000 foot target altitude using custom propellants and entirely student-built subsystems. The team will fly in the Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico in June 2017.

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

Rocket Team meetings are Mondays at 7:30pm and Saturdays at 11:00am in the Rocket Team Lab, located on the second floor of the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel Building [Blg. 17]. The Monday night planning meetings are usually reserved for business and progress updates, lasting no more than an hour. Saturday meetings are usually used for fabrication time and generally last a few hours. Membership is open to all MIT students and new members are always welcome at our meetings.

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