SDSU Static Firing

Video Caption: On November 2nd, SDSU Rocket Project had a successful static hot fire of our Lady Elizabeth Rocket. We are now preparing for launch on November 16th!

Lady Elizabeth is dedicated to Elizabeth Jackson, the late wife of Dr. Richard Woodcock. Elizabeth Jackson was larger than life and an avid supporter of education and students. By supporting Rocket Project, she has allowed us to be innovative and create a learning environment that is unique, rewarding, and beneficial to not only students but the entire university.

The rocket will fly a LOX/LCH4 Engine designed for the FAR/Mars Launch Contest.

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DARE Test Composite Chamber Stratos IV Engine

The test was the first for the carbon fibre chamber, saving much-needed weight will enable Stratos IV to fly even higher!

The Hound Launch Report

TU Wien Space Team launched their “The Hound” rocket at this year’s Balls event, hoping to break the European amateur altitude record and also to reach space, unfortunately not all went as planned.

The rocket broke up at booster burnout, with two possible causes observed. An early apogee detection of the backup altimeter or a high aerodynamic force due to crosswind.

This was the second attempt to break the record, while the record still stands, the team aims to be back in 2020 with a revised rocket to try again.

You can read the full launch report and analysis here.

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Happy #FuelFriday! Look closely at these pictures and you’ll see what I mean. Pictured here are components from an LR87 engine. This type of engine powered the first stage of the Titan II rocket used during Project Gemini. This engine was fed a unique mixture of rocket fuel and oxidizer, in the form of Aerozine 50 and nitrogen tetroxide. These components ignited on contact with one another. Because they react violently and instantaneously they’re known as hypergolic propellants. This was a nasty combination. You wouldn’t want to be anywhere near the business end of the engine at the time of ignition. There are other types of rocket fuel we will learn about next Friday, so be sure to like The Space Shot so you don’t miss a post. Closeup pictures are ones I took at the @kscosmosphere during one of my many visits to the museum.

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ERAU Rocket Development Lab 10 second Janus Hot Fire

The engine uses LOX/kero, produces 1000lbf and utilises an ablative chamber.


CS: Building Spica’s Inter-tank Section

Video Caption: Our rockets are 100% crowdfunded. Visit to become one of our supporters! Compliment us by wearing our apparel: Book a visit for our rocket factory in Copenhagen:

The production of Spica – the largest crowdfunded, amateur space rocket has begun. After cutting all the parts for it on our homemade CNC plasma cutter and rolling the stainless steel hull we begin to weld all the pieces together for an inter tank section that will bridge the liquid oxygen and ethanol propellant tanks which will feed our DIY bi-liquid rocket engine. The world’s first crowdfunded crewed launch vehicle is on it’s way!

Copenhagen Suborbitals is the world’s only manned, crowdfunded space program. In the future, a volunteer astronaut will fly to space on our home-built rocket. We do this on our spare time, all the donations go to paying our workshop rent and buying materials.

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Music: “All Systems Nominal” and “Moon Dance” by Everyday Astronaut: (
Percussion elements by Eric Taylor: ( “Twisted” by Kevin MacLeod (