It Was a LOX/LCH4 Engine Testing Kinda Weekend

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.

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We have ignition!

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Team Icarus Launch Boosted Dart to 27,148ft

From Facebook

“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.”

– Alex Lewis, Icarus 2 Project Manager

Instagram Pic of the Week

Galactic Aztec Mk II Launch This Weekend

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.

SDSU Rocket Project Summer Update

The team has been working on upgrading the electronics for Galactic Aztec Mk. II.

Read the update here,

Galactic Aztec Mk.II Launch Rescheduled for September

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.

No Launch for SDSU Rocket Project

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.