USC LPL’s Balerion Engine was fired September 30th 2019, designed to produce 10 kN of thrust burning LOX/Kero, the first test suffered this breathtaking anomaly!
Not all the flames went the direction they were supposed too!
The Balerion engine is 3D printed from Inconel 718, using a LOX/kero propellant combination and produces 10,008.5 N (2250lbf) of thrust. USCLPL has partnered with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan to provide the engine for their winged reused sounding rocket project #13.
You can read more of the engine technical details here.
Slightly off-topic today, but every time I see this picture I instantly think of the engineering that has gone on to get to this point, amazing!
Video Caption: Hi Rocketeers! This episode focuses on the parts of the pintle, and getting them ready for drawings.
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Charlie Garcia, an MIT student is on a quest to build a liquid rocket engine and wants you to follow along! Starting a video series, you can learn and follow his progress and see what it actually takes to achieve fire!
Video Caption: I explain how I chose very high level parameters for my rocket engine I’ll be working on over the summer.
Video Caption: In this video, I talk about how my friend and I conducted a static fire testing of his Liquid Oxygen and Kerosene rocket engine. We tested it at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry site in the Mojave Desert in Southern California. I give some insight into the entire AeroAstro program (Course 16) at MIT, talk about Unified Engineering, our flight competitions, as well as dealing with the stresses of college. I talk about how to stay in the proper mental state to navigate college as well. Please share this video if you liked it!