Video Caption: On March 3rd, 2018, the SDSU Rocket Project had their second static hot fire of a LOX/LCH4 Engine designed towards the FAR/Mars Launch Contest. This upload contains the compiled footage of all engine burn videos during Static Hot Fire B.
Well, what a weekend it has been, both Purdue SEDS and the SDSU Rocket Project conducted successful tests of their own respective LOX/LCH4 rocket engines or methalox engines as they are sometimes called.
Both teams intend to fly these rocket engines in the FAR-MARS prize in May and therefore are eligible to win up to $100k of prize money!
Awesome work being done by both and great to see liquid methane being given a go by student teams.
“Data is in from the recovered dart on Icarus 2! Separation speed was Mach 1.9, peak acceleration was 34.4 G’s, and it achieved a maximum altitude of 27,148’. This makes Icarus 2 the fastest and highest flying rocket in SDSU history.
The peak altitude was lower than expected because an anomalous pressure spike in the avionics bay resulted in an early apogee detection and parachute deployment. We are working to find the source of the pressure spike. The team has learned a tremendous amount about the operation, manufacturing, and flight dynamics of boosted darts from this project. The experience and data gained will go a long way towards supporting future high altitude attempts.”