Video Caption: Beach Launch Team at it again testing our new RP1/LOX rocket engine.
I am a little late to this, but the student team from TU Delft have recently unveiled their new Stratos IV rocket. Stratos III, which launched last year to break the European amateur and student altitude record was lost 20 seconds into flight due to a roll-pitch coupling. Stratos IV will carry on the legacy of its predecessor and will use essentially the same hybrid rocket motor, but with a titanium nozzle, a nitrous mono-propellant thruster roll control system, longer fins, and a more rigid fuselage. With all this taken into account, the rocket will reach 100 km in altitude and thus space. To do this the team plan to launch from Denel Overberg Test Range in South Africa, this is the same place that UKZN’s sounding rocket launched from.
Stratos IV stats
Length: 8.286 m
Diameter: 0.278 m
Dry mass: 101.6 kg
Propellant mass: 226.1 kg
Peak thrust: 26 kN
Burn time: 38 seconds
ISP: 180 seconds
Video caption: As part of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Aerospace Research programme, the test was part of a plan to develop expertise in rocket propulsion technology.
The plan? To send payload-carrying rockets into short suborbital flights before returning to earth. Masters students and industry experts waited in anticipation to see the two-year-old project take off.
Video Caption: During our tests the weekend of February 16th 2019 at MTA and FAR, we successfully tested our new Fuel and Liquid Oxygen tanks in two separate static fires. This video is of our second fire, using our newly built Thin-Walled Combustion Chamber. Due to a small issue in the building of this new combustion chamber, hot combustion gases built up in a small gap, causing the outward flames seen in the video. Thanks for watching and subscribe to see the launch of this Liquid-Propellant system in only a couple of weeks!
Video Caption: Over this past weekend of the 16th of February 2019, The Prometheus hybrid system successfully static fired at the FAR Facility! Thanks to their continuous hard work on their propulsion system, they got to see their engine light up the desert!
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Episode 4 will be out next week on Tuesday, February 5th! Stay tuned for the latest episode of my ‘Day in the Life of an MIT Aerospace Engineering Student’ series where I go out to the desert to see my friend, Sam test fire his liquid oxygen rocket engine! This is my biggest production yet with footage from more than 5 cameras, and I’m really excited to share this one with all of you. Have that notification bell clicked!