Students from UC San Diego SEDS have recently started construction on their new rocket engine static firing system, dubbed Colossus.
With the help and advice of NASA engineers, the team have designed a test stand that will accommodate engines of various sizes, while also being universal enough to be rented out to other groups and organisations for testing.
The system will be able to handle engines up to 5000lbf (22.2kN), a max pressure of 1440psi and be cryogenic compatible on both the fuel and oxidizer propellant sides.
The team have a really cool scrolling infographic (I think that is what you call it?) on their project page for this, which would give you lots more info than what I have typed here! Check it out here.
UC San Diego, CA – UC San Diego’s Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS UCSD) tested its first monopropellant thruster, Callan, earlier this summer at Purdue University to confirm its designed thrust of 1 lbf at ideal steady state operation. The thruster is part of the group’s NASA Cube Quest entry, Triteia, and aims to propel the cube satellite into lunar orbit.
SEDS at UCSD member Bryan Dierking has an extensive photo collection of the teams Vulcan-1 rocket build and launch, from conceptual sketches to the unfortunate aftermath it is worth going through the album and having a look.
Lots of exciting rocket launches from around the world recently. Below are a few that have taken place.
USC RPL (Fathom launch)
Video Caption: At 3.5 seconds into flight, Fathom experienced a motor case burn through leading to a catastrophic failure.
DARE (ACT Flight Footage Roll Control Launch May 2016)
Video Caption: ACT’s first launch of their actively roll-controlled rocket. Launched on 20th May 2016 at ASK ‘t Harde during DARE launch day.
UCSD SEDS (Vulcan-1 launch)
Video Caption: On May 21st, 2016 in the Mohave Desert, UCSD’s Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UCSD SEDS) made history by becoming the first university organization to launch a liquid rocket powered by a 3D printed engine! Standing at 20 feet, the Vulcan-I rocket boasted 10,0000+ collective hours of effort over 3 generations of SEDS team members.