ReSOLV Recoverable Sub-Orbital Launch Vehicle

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Sounding rockets are one or two stage solid propellant rockets used for probing the upper atmospheric regions and for space research. They also serve as easily affordable platforms to test or prove prototypes of new components or subsystems intended for use in launch vehicles and satellites. The weight of the payload in these rockets ranges from about 2 to 100 kg. The ReSOLV-I rocket is a step towards providing a platform for carrying out innovative research & experiments for up to 4 kg of payload capacity.


The launch of the first sounding rocket from Thumba near Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 21 November 1963, marked the beginning of the Indian Space Programme. Sounding rockets made it possible to probe the atmosphere in situ using rocket-borne instrumentation, and the rest is history.

Spaceport America Cup

ReSOLV-I is the first rocket that will be manufactured in-house by a team of 100+ members. We aim to make our presence felt and leave a mark on the world at the Spaceport America Cup 2022, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA.


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Rocket ReSOLV-I
Mission Type Experimental Sounding Rocket
Organization RV College of Engineering
Payload capacity 4kg
Dry Mass 24kg
Altitude 10,000 feet AGL (Above Ground Level)
Expected launch date June, 2022


ReSOLV-I will be carrying a payload of 4kg in mass, which will constitute of an electro-mechanical experiment. This experiment will pave way for various new and innovative methods for industrial testing of High Power Batteries, being used for spacecraft applications. The payload is the most essential part of our rocket, both for the Spaceport America Cup, as well as for further R&D. The results obtained from these experiments and the research carried out to accomplish this feat serves as the knowledge base for further upcoming student rocket teams and RV College of Engineering provides a great platform to explore and learn such a crucial part of space technology.


  • Aerodynamics

  • Airframe

  • Avionics

  • Propulsion

  • Recovery

  • Payload

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