The Base 11 space challenge is a $1 million dollar prize for a university team to build, test and fly a liquid-fueled rocket to 100 km by the end of December 2021.
Phase 1 saw the teams conduct preliminary designs of their rockets including details of simulations and initial test data, all documented and submitted in a report.
The best submissions qualified for the Phase 1 prize of which the following teams are finalists,
The winner will be announced June 24th with $50k of prize money up for grabs.
SEDS at UCSD will attempt the launch of their Vulcan-II rocket on Saturday, featuring the team’s second iteration 3D print Ignus rocket engine. Ignus-II, as it is dubbed, is printed from Inconel 718 and fueled by liquid oxygen and kerosene, producing 800 lbf (3558 N).
Ignus-II will power the 8″ dia (0.2 m), 22 ft (6.7 m) long Vulcan-II rocket to 35,000 ft, becoming the second rocket the team have flown with a 3D printed rocket engine.
Vulcan-I first flew on May 21st, 2016, becoming the first undergraduate rocket powered by a 3D printed rocket engine to fly.
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!
And no better way to test the new test stand than with the new engine!
SEDS UCSD has wrapped up work on their new static fire system, Colossus.
The universal test stand offers cryo compatible tanks on both the fuel and oxidiser side, a structure designed to withstand 5000lbf, multiple pressure transducers and load cells and is available for YOU to rent to test your own rocket engines!
Check the video out below, it is great to see a student team put so much work into a test stand. This will definitely make life easier down the track when it comes to multiple engine testing/configurations with such a robust and thought out system.
Video Caption: Thank you for joining us for our unveiling of Colossus, our student-built static fire test stand! Colossus is rapidly approaching completion and will soon be made available for student propulsion research at minimal cost.
Learn more about Colossus: https://www.sedsucsd.org/projects/col…
The team have been making steady progress on their Colossus Static Fire System, when complete the stand will be able to handle rocket engines up to 5000lbf and will be available to rent for your own projects! Such a great idea, enabling easy and cheaper access to engine testing.
SEDS UCSD is heading to the Moon and needs your help!!
The team recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to build their cubesats more complex parts.
Triteia, and the team of SED@UCSD students recently placed in all three ground tournament rounds of the NASA Cube Quest Challenge, taking away $30K in the latest GT-3 round.
With the aid of a monopropellant thruster, the cubesat will have 450m/s of deltaV, enabling it to reach its target orbits in days.
This is an exciting project, the team have proved crowd funding works in the past with the flight of their Vulcan-1 rocket, so head on over and donate so they can send this Cubesat to the moon!