Vertically Landing Rocket (VLR)

I did this project during the Fall of 2022, and it’s another reminder to have free time to take on serendipitous opportunities.

We built and landed a vertical landing rocket. Instead of telling you, I’ll better show you.

See a video and pictures of the rocket launching and landing.

See more pictures and videos here.

The goal of the rocket was to land vertically. Our rocket didn't quite do so, but this was a successful attempt because: 1) We did it! 2) Our rocket achieved stability! Our rocket would have landed vertically if it wasn't for the 32-degree weather and the 15 mph wind. 3) Super cool experience.

And, of course, our rocket was powered by The UIUC Talkshow.