Launch planned for APRIL 2018 TRAVELER III will be USCRPL’s third attempt to launch a rocket to space. The rocket has a nominal predicted altitude of 415,000 ft, which will exceed the Karman Line, making USCRPL the first student group to launch a student built and designed rocket to SPACE!
This, of course, follows on from the recent successful static fire of the Graveler II engine.
It was a beautiful day on Saturday, Feb 17th 2018 when GRAVELER II, an 8-inch diameter, 80.5-inch long R-class solid rocket motor, was successfully fired, becoming the the largest successful composite case static fire by an amateur group based on total impulse! The motor delivered a total impulse of 42,000 lbf-sec,producing a maximum thrust of 4864 lbs.
Graveler II, short for “Ground Traveler,” was a static test of the rocket motor for the upcoming Traveler III space shot rocket. This test was a key milestone in the development of Traveler III, validating the motorcase and nozzle design while also providing important data to characterize the performance of the rocket motor.
A nice overview video of USCRPL’s Fathom II launch from back in March showcasing prep, launch/flight, and recovery. The team set a record for student built rockets.
Video Caption: On March 3rd, 2017, University of Southern California Rocket Propulsion Lab launched Fathom II, a sub-scale model of its space-shot vehicle in Spaceport America, New Mexico. Fathom II reached 144,00 ft at apogee, taking the record for highest student rocket by almost 50,000 feet.