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WVU Experimental Rocketry Team

West Virginia University’s Experimental Rocketry Team welcomes students from any and all majors! We'll teach you everything you need to know about rockets from square one, so you can find what you enjoy most and participate in the aspects of the team that interest you!

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The team poses in front of Mountain Mama in Argonia, Kansas as it sits on the launch pad

WVUER Returns to the Spaceport America Cup

Team members pose in front of Appalachian Sunset shortly before its successful flight at the 2022 Spaceport America Cup   
After a 3 year hiatus, teams were once again welcomed back to the New Mexico desert to compete in the 2022 Spaceport America Cup. West Virginia University’s Experimental Rocketry team was highly successful, earing 1st place in the 30,000 foot Student Researched and Designed Solid Fueled category and 2nd in the SDL Payload competition. This achievement marked the team's first successful 30,000 foot competition flight, as well as its first fully functional scientific payload deployment.

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Watch Appalachian Sunset's historic flight

From Left: 
(Top Row) Elizabeth Breckenridge, Paislee Adlington 
(Bottom Row) Dr. Patrick Browning, Matteo Cerasoli, Corey Kinder, Tucker Johnson, Annette Straziuso, Noah Trimmer, Michael Borkoski, Joseph Shepard, Charley Howard

WVU Finishes Second in Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition

rocketry team members and winning rocket   
West Virginia University’s Experimental Rocketry team overcame near catastrophic setbacks to capture second place in the 10,000 foot-launch category at the second annual Spaceport America Cup. 

From Left: Casey Wilson, Zach Maddams, Tucker Johnson, Gene Cilento (Former Statler College Dean), Matt Hines, and Dan Bennett

WVUER Free Bird for Spaceport America Cup 2018  

Wondering what it takes to build and launch a competition-class rocket? Check out this awesome video made by Ernie Marsh documenting the design, construction, motor testing, and flight of "Free Bird"! The team's 2018 entry for the Spaceport America Cup 30k SRAD competition!

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