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A busy Weekend for Rocket Project at UCLA

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!

Rocket Project at UCLA Shoot for the FAR MARS Prize

Rocket Project at UCLA has become one of the first teams to launch for the FAR MARS prize.

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.

Rocket Project at UCLA: Odyssey 1 Record Test Launch

Video Caption: (T-5 DAYS) Last month, we test launched the Odyssey 1 to over 12,000 feet, which we believe is a record for a rocket powered by a student-built liquid bi-propellant engine. On May 5, we will attempt to launch a new and improved rocket, the Odyssey 2, to at least 30,000 feet, shattering that record. Stay tuned during the week for more information and updates leading up to our launch window.

Rocket Project at UCLA LOX/Ethanol Engine Test

Rocket Project at UCLA has conducted another test of their LOX/Ethanol rocket engine, the engine produced ~600lbf (2669N) of thrust and had a total impulse of 9000lbf.s.