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!

SEDS at UC San Diego Introduce Ignus-II 3D Printed Rocket Engine

And no better way to test the new test stand than with the new engine!

A Test Stand For All!

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…

SEDS UCSD Colossus Test Stand Tank Integration

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 Aiming for the Moon

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!

 

SEDS UCSD Prints, Tests Thruster For NASA Cube Quest Competition

SEDS UCSD’s Callan thruster (Credit: SEDS UCSD)

UC San Diego, CA – UC San Diego’s Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS UCSD) tested its first monopropellant thruster, Callan, earlier this summer at Purdue University to confirm its designed thrust of 1 lbf at ideal steady state operation.  The thruster is part of the group’s NASA Cube Quest entry, Triteia, and aims to propel the cube satellite into lunar orbit.

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Rocket Roundup

Lots of exciting rocket launches from around the world recently. Below are a few that have taken place.

USC RPL (Fathom launch)

Video Caption: At 3.5 seconds into flight, Fathom experienced a motor case burn through leading to a catastrophic failure.

 

DARE (ACT Flight Footage Roll Control Launch May 2016)

Video Caption: ACT’s first launch of their actively roll-controlled rocket. Launched on 20th May 2016 at ASK ‘t Harde during DARE launch day.

 

UCSD SEDS (Vulcan-1 launch)

Video Caption: On May 21st, 2016 in the Mohave Desert, UCSD’s Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UCSD SEDS) made history by becoming the first university organization to launch a liquid rocket powered by a 3D printed engine! Standing at 20 feet, the Vulcan-I rocket boasted 10,0000+ collective hours of effort over 3 generations of SEDS team members.