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100% 3D Printed Solid Rocket Motor!

At 11:50 A.M. on April 21 MIT Rocket Team successfully fired a rocket motor printed from plastic! We think this is the first time anyone has done so. Matt V, Kelly M, and Charlie G. have spent the past two weeks working with our generous supporters at Markforged to design and print the pieces necessary…

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Raziel 1

Rocket Team has spent the past semester designing, building, and iterating. Now we’re ready for flight. Raziel 1 represents an iteration on the Therion air frame, utilizing a similar structure, similar avionics, and building on our recovery scheme from last year. On the 18th of January we assembled the rocket completely for the first time…

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Non-Pyrotechnic Recovery Mechanisms

As part of the team’s long term goal to reach greater heights, the recovery Subteam is focusing its efforts on developing a CO2 deployment system for Project Raziel. This system will allow for more reliable separation at higher altitudes than what could be achieved by a traditional pyrotechnic system. The CO2 system will be housed…

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Pyxida Flight Computer

For the last year Avionics has been developing a custom flight computer named “Pyxida.” The development program has been amply arduous to make us appreciate the wonder of technology that is the Pyxida. Pyxida was concieved as a device that would allow our rocket to complete whatever mission it needed to. Pyxida is a sensor…

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Intro to Rocketry

As part of MIT Rocket Team’s mission, we help all our members learn the basic principles of rocket science and then apply them by constructing their own personal high powered rocket. One of our team members (Zach B. ’17) has written an excellent article on the basic physics and engineering behind rockets. He even includes…

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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…