Rice Eclipse: Luna Engine Test

Video Caption: On March 3rd, the Rice Eclipse team conducted two hot fires of the Luna hybrid rocket engine. The first test, the seventh of this propulsion system, implemented gas injection thrust vector control and a new impinging injector plate geometry. The second test used a recently machined combustion chamber and bulkhead as well as a new batch of chemicals. If you would like to learn more about our team and projects, please visit our website at http://eclipse.rice.edu/ or contact us at eclipse@rice.edu.

Rice Eclipse Hybrid Motor Test

Rice Eclipse, Rice University’s Aerospace Engineering organisation aim to build and launch a hybrid rocket to suborbital space within the next 4 years.

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Video Caption: This test was the fourth hot fire of our Mk1.1 hybrid engine, the first full ten second burn, and it was the first test of our thrust vector control through nitrogen injection. If you watch closely you can see the angle of the exhaust gases change in pulses as the burn progresses. This was a conservative first attempt to produce a side thrust, and over the next school year we will move toward more substantial thrust vectors.