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CRIMP 3/17/2016

                Complete Rocket Integration Minus Pyrotechnics or CRIMP is the dress rehearsal or rocketry. During CRIMP all parts of the vehicle are integrated. The entire vehicle is then assembled in flight configuration. This allows us to verify all interfaces on the vehicle. This is particularly important on a…

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Critical Design Review

Rockets are complex, multifaceted machines. Building a rocket the size of Therion involves dozens of people. No one person has a complete understanding of the entire vehicle. It is possible to get engrossed in a small part of the rocket while losing sight of the larger design goals. This makes it critical to stop, step…

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Fabricating a Rocket!

With the beginning of the spring semester all of rocket team is back in Cambridge and back at work. It’s been very busy! In the last two weeks most of the remaining design decisions have been made and hardware has begun appearing in lab. The Structures subteam has been actively pursuing the ability to manufacture…

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Project Therion

After a semester of work, our competition rocket is beginning to take shape. At the team meeting earlier this week the rocket became “Project Therion” the many-headed dragon of biblical lore. Our rocket is designed to ascend 10,000 ft, where it will deploy a small pilot parachute. The rocket will descend under the pilot to…

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Lab cleanout

Alongside working on actual rockets, we’ve also been hard at work cleaning and renovating our lab! Here’s a quick snapshot from our most recent lab cleanout session.

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Launch!

Project ODYSSEY is launched for its first test flight! It had a stable flight up (Click on continue Reading to find the video). The recovery system failed and led to, as we like to call it, “an unplanned rapid disassembly”. The team plans to rebuild and launch again on May 9th.      

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Introducing Project Odyssey!

MIT Rocket Team lost access to the blast chamber being used for testing the liquid engine, Pyralis, in February, so Project Pyralis is postponed indefinitely. The team still plans on competing in IREC this summer but with a commercial solid motor. The project is called Project Odyssey. Behind the name Odyssey Part of IREC competition…

Hot Fire Test #1

We conducted our first hot fire test with the re-designed Pyralis engine and updated pre-burner. We flowed our pre-burner (air and hydrogen) for 20 seconds before flowing our main propellants. The engine ignites at about 22 seconds according to the timestamp in the video.