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).
Check out more info on the rocket here. Make sure to check out the teams Instagram for lots more cool pictures!
Video Caption: NOTE: The small fire on the panel is the solid propellant igniter that shot out, bounced back up, re ignited, and snagged itself on a line.
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Boomie Zoomie is Purdue’s liquid rocket that will fly over 30,000 feet using its 1100lbf liquid oxygen – liquid methane engine. The rocket weighs approximately 110 pounds, 6.5 inches in diameter and over 10 feet tall.
The test was conducted at Purdue’s Zucrow Propulsion Labs. We tested on a temporary set up as we prepare to transfer the equipment to a launch trailer.
This was our second hot fire attempt after our liquid oxygen tank failed to pressurize the first time. Unlike the first attempt debris or air got into the condenser and created a blockage restricting the liquid methane flow into the rocket. Instead of scrubbing it was determined we had enough propellant to burn for 5 of the 8 seconds.
This rocket was design and fabricated by Purdue Space Program a section Purdue SEDS.