The First Steps To Mars – A Rocket Project Film

Video Caption: This miniature documentary was created to highlight the San Diego State Rocket Project’s endeavor to build a dual cryogenic rocket, initially designed to compete in the FAR/MARS rocketry competition. With more than two years of engineering work, Lady Elizabeth launched to an altitude of 13,205 feet, leaving behind a legacy for many rocketeers to come.

Rocket Project Website: https://www.sdsurocketproject.org/

Music (in order of appearance):
1901 – Phoenix
Unstoppable Now – The Phantoms
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
Should I Stay or Should I Go (Remastered) – The Clash
Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Afternoon Delight – Starland Vocal Band

Video by: Stefan Fahr and Luke Hedberg

SDSU Rocket Project Fly and Successfully Recover Lox/Methane rocket

The SDSU Rocket Project had a successful launch of their Lox/Methane powered Lady Elizabeth rocket this past weekend. Reaching 13,200 ft (4.02 km), the liquid-fueled rocket was recovered successfully as shown in the video below.

The team is planning on launching Lady Elizabeth in the FAR MARS prize for a shot at winning up to $100k for a flight to 45,000 ft (13.716 km).

 

SDSU Rocket Project: LOX/LCH4 Static Fire D

This was the team’s 4th hot fire test of their LOX/LCH4 rocket engine intended to power their Lady Elizabeth rocket in the upcoming FAR MARS competition.

Video Caption: On October 20th, 2018, the SDSU Rocket Project had their fourth static hot fire of a LOX/LCH4 Engine designed for the FAR/Mars Launch Contest. This upload is a compilation of footage capturing the team during the rocket engine test.

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Rocket Project at UCLA Shoot for the FAR MARS Prize

Rocket Project at UCLA has become one of the first teams to launch for the FAR MARS prize.

The team launched their Odyssey 2 rocket from the FAR test site on May 5th, unfortunately, ~7-8s into the flight while travelling at ~ Mach 1 the vehicle was lost due to a RUD (Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly). The team believe this was caused due to torsion on a welded fitting to the fuel tank.
Building and flying a liquid fuelled rocket is no mean feat, so a fantastic achievement from the team and they are not stopping here, the team plan to be back next year to have another shot at the prize.

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SDSU Rocket Project March Newsletter

SDSU Rocket Project after a successful static fire of their lox/methane rocket engine (Credit: SDSU Rocket Project)

The March newsletter is out from the SDSU Rocket Project, detailing the plans ahead of the FAR MARS competition, recent engine testing and future planned hot-fire testing.

The team have been building a LOX/Methane regen engine, so will worth a look and follow!

Read it all here!