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JAKE VAZQUEZ, Sophomore in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Eng.

College/Employer: Princeton

Year of Graduation: 2026

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Jake Vazquez is a sophomore undergraduate student in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department from Woodbridge, New Jersey.

He currently leads Princeton Rocketry's Spaceport America Cup Team, which is working towards completing "Project Prometheus": a 13 foot long, 5.5 inch diameter single-stage rocket that will reach speeds of up to Mach 1.81 and accelerations of up to 25 G's on its way to 30,000 feet. Prometheus will be launched in June from Spaceport America, New Mexico, and is the largest and most powerful competition rocket Princeton University has ever built.

Alongside Princeton Rocketry, Jake is a member of the Princeton Club Golf Team and the Princeton Charter Club.

Past Classes

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E835: Rocket Science: The Basics in Splash 2024 (Apr. 20, 2024)
Ever wonder how SpaceX launches and lands their rockets, or how the International Space Station stays orbiting around the Earth? How about why a rocket is shaped the way it is? Or maybe you ask yourself, "why do we even put things into space in the first place?" In partnership with Princeton Rocketry, join Spaceport America Cup Project Lead Jake Vazquez '26 for an introduction to rocket science and orbital mechanics. Students will learn the very basics of what makes rockets fly, how we put objects in orbit, and much much more with a variety of different demonstrations in an interactive lecture format. Students will also get the opportunity to get up close and personal with Princeton Rocketry's largest competition rocket to date, Prometheus, which will be flying to 30,000 feet in New Mexico this upcoming June!