Flown on a 100mm M impulse KNSB motor, the rocket will eventually fly on a 300mm motor with 300kg of propellant.
Video Caption: Our largest (in size) sugar rocket flown. Launch and recovery was perfect, the flight was to test the airframe, avionics, and recovery systems. Propellant was KNSB. While built for a small ‘R’-impulse motor, for this test an adapter was used for a small previously tested 100mm ‘M’-impulse KNSB motor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOwow…
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Balerion development test engine encountered a hardware anamoly during its first hot-fire test at the @reactionresearchsociety society in the mojave test area. All 39 channels of data from sensors were collected and will be assesed in the coming days. Although disappointing, we are motivated as ever as a lab to make our next steps to developing our engines! A huge thanks to @seds_ucsd leading the hot fire test with your Colossus test stand! Also thank you @reactionresearchsociety for allowing us to use your test site. Finally thank you to our sponsors for helping this project become a reality! #omegaengineering #altium #nimbux #aerospacecorporation #usc #lpl #rockets #adastra
Not all the flames went the direction they were supposed too!
The Balerion engine is 3D printed from Inconel 718, using a LOX/kero propellant combination and produces 10,008.5 N (2250lbf) of thrust. USCLPL has partnered with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan to provide the engine for their winged reused sounding rocket project #13.
You can read more of the engine technical details here.
Students from Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering recently presented their failure investigation paper into the anomaly that occurred during their Stratos III rocket launch last year at the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) conference this year.
The rocket experienced an inertial roll coupling before disintegrating in flight at Mach 3 and 10km in altitude. Rather than explain it all here, click the paper below!!
(Good to see student teams carrying out a thorough analysis and sharing it, I wish more would be open and sharing)
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Just over 1 day before we can say “dracarys” and ignite our Balerion engine! • To ensure Balerion hot-fires correctly, we’ll be running a cold-flow tomorrow to validate mass flow rates, temperatures, pressures, and more! For those of you who don’t know, a cold-flow is when we use inert propellants (LN2 and water) instead of live propellants (LOx and kerosene)! Check out our last Balerion cold-flow, above. • Stay up to date on details about our live stream and hot-fire by following us here on Instagram • #Balerion #TheBlackDread #Dracarys #GoT #rocketry #liquidpropellant #cryo #USC #lpl #liquidpropulsionlab #space #adastra #hotfire #1daytogo #rockets #omegaengineering #hydra #jessie #james #teamrocket #preparefortrouble