Instagram Pic of the Week

Instagram Pic of the Week

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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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Instagram Pic of the Week

Instagram Pic of the Week

Instagram Pic of the Week

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Completely moved into our new lab space!

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Instagram Pic of the Week

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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

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