The RockSat-X program is an initiative by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium in conjunction with NASA's Sounding Rocket Program Office (SRPO) to provide low-cost access to space for university student design teams. Teams are allotted a modular payload space on a sounding rocket which is launched every August from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
The Virginia Tech team has participated in the program for the past 4 years and has successfully completed a variety of experiments. The team is currently comprised of 15 undergraduate engineering students from a variety of majors: Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science. The team’s overarching mission is to demonstrate and advance space-based technology for the benefit of the public.