Video Caption: Beach Launch Team at it again testing our new RP1/LOX rocket engine.
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!
The team at Copenhagen Suborbitals had a successful launch and recovery of their Nexø II this past weekend. Launching from the Baltic Sea on Saturday, August 4th, the 6.7m long, 0.3m diameter rocket ascended to an altitude of 6.5km (21,325ft), before coming down, first on a ballute and then its main chute. The liquid oxygen/ethanol fueled engine provided a nominal thrust of 5000N (1124N) and was intended to power the rocket to between 8-12km in altitude.
The flight was obviously a shortfall in the altitude expected but a success in every other way. It will be interesting to read the post-mortem as it becomes available.
In the meantime, check out the raw footage of the flight below.
Video Caption: Follow MASA as it develops its liquid engine, launches and recovers two rockets, and pushes the boundaries of amateur rocketry.
Music: “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen
The launch is currently scheduled for July 28th with a window of 8-11am UTC.
Video caption: Last week we performed the final test of Nexø II and all launch equipment at sea. This sea acceptance test (SAT) is the last step and a full launch rehearsal. All systems passed, so now Nexø II is ready for launch.
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The team also feature in Cal Poly’s digital magazine where you can get to know their Bronco launch vehicle and members of the team, you can read the article here.
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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Thanks to the hard work of our students, Project Ares was a huge success this year. Odyssey 2 was the sole entry in the FAR/Mars competition for liquid bi-propellant rockets. Although we did not win the $100,000 prize money, (due to the immense challenges that come with student built supersonic vehicles) we look forward to next years competition for another shot at the prize. PC: @base11stem
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Shout-out to Foster and Coco Stanback for giving our students the opportunity to challenge themselves through the FAR/Mars competition for student built liquid bi-propellant rockets. For those who don't know, liquid propellants are almost exclusively used by professionals. Undergraduate students rarely get the chance to work with such advanced propulsion systems, but with support from the Stanbacks, we have proven that students can build these vehicles of the future on our own. So thank you Mr. and Mrs. Stanback!