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).
Video Caption: On November 2nd, SDSU Rocket Project had a successful static hot fire of our Lady Elizabeth Rocket. We are now preparing for launch on November 16th!
Lady Elizabeth is dedicated to Elizabeth Jackson, the late wife of Dr. Richard Woodcock. Elizabeth Jackson was larger than life and an avid supporter of education and students. By supporting Rocket Project, she has allowed us to be innovative and create a learning environment that is unique, rewarding, and beneficial to not only students but the entire university.
The rocket will fly a LOX/LCH4 Engine designed for the FAR/Mars Launch Contest.
This was the team’s 4th hot fire test of their LOX/LCH4 rocket engine intended to power their Lady Elizabeth rocket in the upcoming FAR MARS competition.
Video Caption: On October 20th, 2018, the SDSU Rocket Project had their fourth static hot fire of a LOX/LCH4 Engine designed for the FAR/Mars Launch Contest. This upload is a compilation of footage capturing the team during the rocket engine test.
Some great footage of the SDSU Rocket Project Icarus 2 rocket from back in December 2017. Icarus 2 is a boosted dart rocket, where after burnout and separation, the dart coasts to apogee.
The specs of the flight were,
- Launched at FAR on one of their rails.
- CTI L2200G reloadable booster
- Fiberglass and aluminum transition cone
- Fiberglass body with brass nosecone and tailcone and ss fins. 4.9 lb total weight
- 6’2″ tall assembled
- 27,148′ apogee
- Mach 1.95
- ~Mach 1 @ ~25,000 when shockwave reached pressure tap holes and triggered Telemetrum to deploy apogee charge.
- Booster (- transition cone) recovered. Parachute epoxy failed and cone floated away into the hills of the Mojave.
- Dart fully recovered with parachute deployed but reefed and shredded by sharp tail fins.
Boosted darts are not new, in the 50s the Loki-dart was used as a sounding rocket and reached a max altitude of 55km. In 1996, the Reaction Research Society successfully flew their own boosted dart rocket to 80km, there is a great article on the project here and is worth a read for any rocketry enthusiast.
The April newsletter is out from the SDSU Rocket Project, detailing the plans ahead of for future engine testing, come summer, and general manufacturing and design work.
Read it all here.