A Day in the Life of an MIT Engineering Student

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!

SEDS UCSD: Ignus-II Static Fire

SEDS UCSD conducted the second successful test fire of their 3D printed Ignus-II bi-propellant rocket engine, running it through its full duration burn of 11 seconds. Producing ~800lbf of thrust and fueled by liquid oxygen and kerosene, Ignus-II is the 2nd generation engine of its namesake and will power the team’s Vulcan-II rocket to 45,000 ft.

Video Caption: Colossus, SEDS’s mobile rocket engine test stand, conducting the second firing of our Ignus-II Engine, this time for the full 11-second burn duration!

Because of the igniter design, we hard-started the engine, and because of a procedural error we ran slightly fuel rich for the burn. More details to come as we further analyze the data!

CU Space Flight Test the UK’s Largest Impulse N2O Rocket Engine

Students of Cambridge University Space Flight have recently tested the UK’s largest impulse Nitrous Oxide-fueled rocket engine. The engine burnt nitrous oxide and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), burning for 36 seconds and producing 1496 N of thrust. The engine is intended to power the team’s Marlet 4 rocket, set to launch in 2020 in the hopes of breaking the UK Amateur Rocketry Altitude Record.

Video Caption: Cambridge University Spaceflight’s static test of their custom Pulsar hybrid rocket engine. The engine was designed and built from scratch by members of the society. Producing an impulse of 53,855Ns this is the largest nitrous fueled rocket engine ever fired in the UK.
————————————————————————————– Cambridge University Spaceflight (CUSF) are a student-run engineering society made up of current undergraduates and Ph.D. students at the University of Cambridge. Founded in 2006, CUSF have grown to become leaders in amateur rocketry and high altitude ballooning. contact@cusf.co.uk

FAR Biprop Static Test

Video Caption: Another successful static test on December 15, 2018 at the FAR site. Liquid Oxygen-Alcohol bi-propellant motor being developed at FAR. I shot the video from the safety of one of the eleven FAR bunkers

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Liquid Rocket Engine Sizing

A great video lecture on Liquid Rocket Engine Sizing from USC LPL.

If you are struggling to get through the basics of Rocket Propulsion Elements, then this presentation is great to have on while flicking through the book!

Instagram Pic of the Week

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Happy #FuelFriday! Look closely at these pictures and you’ll see what I mean. Pictured here are components from an LR87 engine. This type of engine powered the first stage of the Titan II rocket used during Project Gemini. This engine was fed a unique mixture of rocket fuel and oxidizer, in the form of Aerozine 50 and nitrogen tetroxide. These components ignited on contact with one another. Because they react violently and instantaneously they’re known as hypergolic propellants. This was a nasty combination. You wouldn’t want to be anywhere near the business end of the engine at the time of ignition. There are other types of rocket fuel we will learn about next Friday, so be sure to like The Space Shot so you don’t miss a post. Closeup pictures are ones I took at the @kscosmosphere during one of my many visits to the museum.

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