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.
Students of the SDSU Rocket Project will be launching their Galactic Aztec Mk.II rocket this weekend, September 16th.
Powered by an Atlas LR101 vernier engine, the rocket is expected to reach 31,000ft.
You can follow the team and launch on Facebook and Instagram.
The team has been working on upgrading the electronics for Galactic Aztec Mk. II.
Read the update here,
As reported earlier the SDSU Rocket Project were unable to launch their Galactic Aztec Mk.II rocket back in May due to the heat of the Mojave desert upsetting their avionics and thus running out of time in the launch window.
All is not lost with the rocket now scheduled to be launched 16th September 2017.
Powered by a surplus LR101 Atlas vernier engine, Galactic Aztec Mk.II is 7.9m long, fueled with liquid oxygen/kerosene and is expected to reach ~ 30,000ft in altitude.
Unfortunately, SDSU Rocket Project was unable to launch their Galactic Aztec Mark II rocket this past weekend out at the FAR range in Mojave.
As stated in an Instagram post the team had to deal with the high heat of the day, that led to problems in the rocket’s avionics package and missing the launch window.