SEDS at UCSD Colossus First Hotfire

Updated 25/6/2018 – New video link

The student team conducted the first hot fire on their new test stand, which also happened to include the first hot fire of their newest 3D printed rocket engine, Ignus-II. Ignus-II is printed from Inconel 718, produces ~ 800lbf (3.5kN) of thrust and burns liquid oxygen and kerosene, the engine improves upon the earlier Ignus-I engine.

The test stand is also up for hire for your own university projects!. Check out the link here for more info!

Video caption: Colossus, SEDS’s mobile rocket engine test stand, firing our Ignus-II Engine.

The test was conducted on June 16th, 2018 and marked the first test of both Colossus and Ignus-II. This completes the Verification and Validation stage of Colossus, meaning that Colossus is now available for other university team use!

SEDS at UC San Diego Introduce Ignus-II 3D Printed Rocket Engine

And no better way to test the new test stand than with the new engine!

A Test Stand For All!

SEDS UCSD has wrapped up work on their new static fire system, Colossus.
The universal test stand offers cryo compatible tanks on both the fuel and oxidiser side, a structure designed to withstand 5000lbf, multiple pressure transducers and load cells and is available for YOU to rent to test your own rocket engines!

Check the video out below, it is great to see a student team put so much work into a test stand. This will definitely make life easier down the track when it comes to multiple engine testing/configurations with such a robust and thought out system.

Video Caption: Thank you for joining us for our unveiling of Colossus, our student-built static fire test stand! Colossus is rapidly approaching completion and will soon be made available for student propulsion research at minimal cost.

Learn more about Colossus:…

SEDS UCSD Colossus Test Stand Tank Integration

The team have been making steady progress on their Colossus Static Fire System, when complete the stand will be able to handle rocket engines up to 5000lbf and will be available to rent for your own projects! Such a great idea, enabling easy and cheaper access to engine testing.

Colossus Static Firing System

The Students of SEDS UCSD have been hard at work lately putting together their Colossus Static Firing System.

The static engine test stand mounted to a car trailer will be capable of testing engines up to 5000lbf of thrust at 1350psi, with cryogenic capability on both the fuel and oxidiser side. This opens up the possibility to use liquid methane as a fuel for your project.

The trailer will be made available to rent around October 2017.

This is such a great idea for individuals/groups starting to design their own liquid fueled rocket engines and not wanting to pour a lot of money into a test stand while keeping the project relatively low risk. I hope this see’s a lot of business!

You can also read the full design proposal here.

Callan Thruster Post Processing

An interesting video from MTI and SEDS UCSD showing the post processing of their Callan Cubesat thruster.
Callan is a hydrogen peroxide monopropellant thruster that will enable the team to carry out in orbit maneuvers as they send their Triteia cubesat to the moon.

I think in this day, sometimes we are led to believe it is as simple as sending files away and getting a part back in return. This video is great in showing that there is actually a lot more to it in receiving your part as it looks from CAD.

Video Caption:
What happens after 3D printing a space rocket engine? Take a look at some of the post processing capabilities MTI has to offer. The applications extend far beyond aerospace additive manufacturing. Visit our website today to request a quote online. Discover why MTI is leading additive manufacturing companies with a focus on precision and dependable innovation.

SEDS UCSD Aiming for the Moon

SEDS UCSD is heading to the Moon and needs your help!!
The team recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to build their cubesats more complex parts.

Triteia, and the team of SED@UCSD students recently placed in all three ground tournament rounds of the NASA Cube Quest Challenge, taking away $30K in the latest GT-3 round.

With the aid of a monopropellant thruster, the cubesat will have 450m/s of deltaV, enabling it to reach its target orbits in days.

This is an exciting project, the team have proved crowd funding works in the past with the flight of their Vulcan-1 rocket, so head on over and donate so they can send this Cubesat to the moon!