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.

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Test Stand & Cold-Flow Prototypes

The test stand is finished and ready to be used for the upcoming cold-flow test.                               Connie L, James L, Eric R, and Matt V finished machining and assembling the injector plate and the cage that will enclose the Pyralis engine…

Level 1 Rocket

Level 1 Launch From On-Rocket Camera

Sorry for the long wait, but here is a video clip from Connie’s level 1 rocket launch from November in Amesbury, MA as seen from a camera on-board the rocket. Unfortunately, the parachute deployment knocked the camera out of position, so there’s only good footage of the launch on the way up. Enjoy! Click here…

Meeting Minutes (2013 Nov 18)

Rocket Team Meeting November 18, 2013   Level 1 Certification Launch went well! Version 2 fins worked a lot better; version 1 fins still wobbled We got a Level 2 certified!   Orbital Sciences Sponsorship Interested in advising/mentoring sponsorship role During IAP, offered to send group of senior engineers to talk through design with us…

Meeting Minutes (2013 Nov 4)

Rocket Team Meeting  November 4, 2013   Level 1 Certification We got 13 people Level 1 certified à everything went really smoothly…except for retrieval In the future, should put trackers or radio beacons for easier retrieval Should put full name, phone, and MIT on outside of rocket Short pre-launch check-list – the parachute, did you…

Meeting Minutes 9/23/13

Agenda for tonight’s meeting: Tentative schedule for prototyping, cold gas flow & static fire test Sensors for cold gas Locations for cold gas flow – GTL? Blast chamber Teach for SPARK New website Issues with Pyralis Design Jeff brought to our attention that having hot graphite (around 1200 Kelvin) on top of a piece of…