Video Caption: In this video, I talk about how my friend and I conducted a static fire testing of his Liquid Oxygen and Kerosene rocket engine. We tested it at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry site in the Mojave Desert in Southern California. I give some insight into the entire AeroAstro program (Course 16) at MIT, talk about Unified Engineering, our flight competitions, as well as dealing with the stresses of college. I talk about how to stay in the proper mental state to navigate college as well. Please share this video if you liked it!
I am posting this video as I think it is pretty relevant to the amateur/experimental community. Aluminium in some form or another has been the go-to for aerospace projects but one must look at all the pros and cons of a material for its intended purpose to make the best decision. As you will see in the video, stainless steel is quite suited for what SpaceX is hoping to do.
So, I challenge you to think a bit more next time you carry out a material selection process. You may end up back at the tried and true materials but you might also surprise yourself and find others are more suited for your application.
[For those who want more: The plots in the video of the materials are called Ashby plots and are commonly used for material selection, you may recall them from your materials science papers at university. There is software you can buy that displays these graphs and with user inputs allows you to pick the best material for your application.]
The team’s WARR Ex3 rocket is a LOX fueled hybrid rocket producing 10 kN of thrust and is expected to fly to 30 km.
Video Caption: We take a brief look back at our progress throughout January as we advance towards our Cold Flow test campaign in March.
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Video Caption: Joe Barnard of BPS.space joins us to talk about his work in making model rockets emulate larger, liquid fueled vehicles such as Falcon and Electron. He has created many amazing models and has been working on thrust vector control (TVC) steering of models as well as being able to stage and even land model rockets. This is his story.
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SEDS UCSD conducted the second successful test fire of their 3D printed Ignus-II bi-propellant rocket engine, running it through its full duration burn of 11 seconds. Producing ~800lbf of thrust and fueled by liquid oxygen and kerosene, Ignus-II is the 2nd generation engine of its namesake and will power the team’s Vulcan-II rocket to 45,000 ft.
Video Caption: Colossus, SEDS’s mobile rocket engine test stand, conducting the second firing of our Ignus-II Engine, this time for the full 11-second burn duration!
Because of the igniter design, we hard-started the engine, and because of a procedural error we ran slightly fuel rich for the burn. More details to come as we further analyze the data!
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