How many colleges do you know of that work in a rocketry organization? Of those, do you know any that are using liquid propellants? If you didn’t know any, here’s one! We are the San Diego State University Rocket Project. Here I’ll be listing some aspects of our organization that makes us truly unique, but before we go on, if you would like to get in contact for any reason, feel free to message me here on LinkedIn! We’re slated to launch from the Mojave desert early this summer, so keep an eye out for more exciting news!
1. Legacy: No other school has been so entrepreneurial in starting a rocketry organization as SDSU, or has created such strong legacy for itself. Five bright young engineering students one day found an old rocket motor literally lying around in the basements, and approached their professor with a bold proposal: “We want to build a rocket.”. Carl Tedesco, that very professor who is still an advisor on the project to this day, said “OK”, and the rest is history. As an organization, we act as a family, working day and night to make sure everything is perfect. Our current Project Manager has been known to say “I know most of you would drop out [of school] in heartbeat for the benefit of the rocket”. If that doesn’t speak for itself, I don’t know what else could.
2. Advancement: SDSU Rocket Project continuously tries to set the bar higher. Our engineering students are constantly driving themselves to improve and advance their work. You’d be hard pressed to find another school organization so independently motivated. Some of our future plans involve creating a hover vehicle, fueled by HTP (High Test Peroxide), as the testbed for developing expertise in the control software, as well as the various hardware, challenges that creating a monopropellant vehicle brings. We plan to use what we learn with this hover vehicle to eventually fly a rocket with active thrust vectoring!
3. Academics: We’re not an Ivy league school, nor a private institution, but on the subject of rocketry, you will not find a more knowledgeable, dedicated and talented team. We have a solid and liquid fuel division, resources you cannot find in other cities and help from staff that has real life industry experience to help us excel. The network of the SDSU Rocket Project is immensely successful and growing. We are most definitely a collegiate organization you’d be happy to collaborate with.
4. Bipropellants: If you were going to build a rocket what fuel would you use and why? What about the oxidizer? The Rocket Project uses RP-2, a highly refined form of kerosene, and Liquid Oxygen (an industry standard combination) to get about 1100 lbs of thrust out of our LR-101 motor: but we can do better. This brings me to the most exciting news of the day and a great sneak preview to my next article. Our next motor will be better for not only our organization but the earth… next year I am pleased to announce Rocket Project will be starting its first Methane/ LOX Rocket Engine! Check our Facebook and Twitter pages for exciting updates regarding this development in the near future!