Rice Eclipse: Luna Engine Test

Video Caption: On March 3rd, the Rice Eclipse team conducted two hot fires of the Luna hybrid rocket engine. The first test, the seventh of this propulsion system, implemented gas injection thrust vector control and a new impinging injector plate geometry. The second test used a recently machined combustion chamber and bulkhead as well as a new batch of chemicals. If you would like to learn more about our team and projects, please visit our website at http://eclipse.rice.edu/ or contact us at eclipse@rice.edu.

University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Aerospace Systems Research Group Fails to take Flight

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.

DARE DHX-400 Nimbus Test

From Facebook,

The 11th engine test is finally here! After the success of the last test, we are happy to announce that test 11 yielded an even better result! Not only did we manage to reach the full design burn time of the engine, we also even managed to extend the burn time of the engine, improving the total performance of the engine. Are you curious to see what burn time we reached? Then check out this video!

Cal Poly Space Systems Hybrid Motor Test

Video Cation: Test fire of Cal Poly Space System’s experimental rocket engine, Hybrid Motor 7 – Heavy. The test occurred on January 20, 2018, in the Cal Poly Propulsion Laboratory.


MASA – Hybrid Engine Test

Video Caption: This was the first firing of MASA’s hybrid fuel rocket engine, Gamma Centauri, after its competition winning flight at the 2017 Spaceport America Cup.

The Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA) is a student engineering project team at the University of Michigan.

Learn more on our
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MichiganAero…
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichiganRockets
And our website: http://masa.engin.umich.edu/

Cal Poly Space Systems Updates

A little late to jump on this, but an update from the end of March from the Cal Poly Space team.

With Spring Break starting at Cal Poly we have good news to share about our #IREC competition rocket development. We have completed multiple tests and have decided on the rocket name – CPSS will fly Kronheim at Spaceport America.

If you follow ESRA on Facebook, they have been social media kings in posting updates on all the various teams competing at Spaceport America this year.

With systems and recovery well on the way, we plan to perform a test flight at FAR on April 15, 2017. Goals of the flight include test of structural integrity of the rocket body, honeycomb fins and bulkhead, recovery avionics, and recovery mechanism. One of the major objectives is to observe shock during main chute deployment, the data will be used to finalize size of the competition drogue parachute.

Propulsion team has finally got hydrostatic test procedures approved by EHS, thanks to our Student Safety Officer for great work done for it. Combustion chamber was successfully tested to FS of 3, Nitrous tank will be tested next week.

April 15th has come and gone, but judging by the below video they only recently attempted a static test of their engine, but was unsuccessful due to ignition problems.

I wish them luck and hopefully, we will see a rocket fly soon!

Read the full update here.