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:
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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!


Colossus Static Firing System Under Construction

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.

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SEDS UCSD Prints, Tests Thruster For NASA Cube Quest Competition

SEDS UCSD’s Callan thruster (Credit: SEDS UCSD)

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.

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Vulcan-1 Pictures

Vulcan-1 Launch (Credit: Bryan Dierking)

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.

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Rocket Roundup

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.