The team launched their Odyssey 2 rocket from the FAR test site on May 5th, unfortunately, ~7-8s into the flight while travelling at ~ Mach 1 the vehicle was lost due to a RUD (Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly). The team believe this was caused due to torsion on a welded fitting to the fuel tank.
Building and flying a liquid fuelled rocket is no mean feat, so a fantastic achievement from the team and they are not stopping here, the team plan to be back next year to have another shot at the prize.
Thanks to the hard work of our students, Project Ares was a huge success this year. Odyssey 2 was the sole entry in the FAR/Mars competition for liquid bi-propellant rockets. Although we did not win the $100,000 prize money, (due to the immense challenges that come with student built supersonic vehicles) we look forward to next years competition for another shot at the prize. PC: @base11stem
Shout-out to Foster and Coco Stanback for giving our students the opportunity to challenge themselves through the FAR/Mars competition for student built liquid bi-propellant rockets. For those who don't know, liquid propellants are almost exclusively used by professionals. Undergraduate students rarely get the chance to work with such advanced propulsion systems, but with support from the Stanbacks, we have proven that students can build these vehicles of the future on our own. So thank you Mr. and Mrs. Stanback!