PSP Hybrids is committed to

developing a hybrid propellant rocket

to compete at the FAR 1030


PSP Hybrids was formed in the Fall of 2018 with intentions of revitalizing Hybrid rockets here at Purdue and help put Purdue on top of the rocket competition world by having three concurrent experimental rocket teams (PSP Liquids, PSP Solids, and PSP Hybrids). As a whole, PSP Hybrids puts a major emphasis on training and educating members in the science and engineering behind rockets through training sessions and a library of well documented resources that can be found in Resources. PSP Hybrids wants to not only compete at competitions but also wants to offer a platform for members to practice and prepare for a future in industry.

About FAR 1030

Hosted annually in the Mojave Desert near California City, the Friends of Amateur Rocketry (FAR) 1030 competition promotes the development of fully student-researched and built experimental launch vehicles, along with complex engineering payloads.

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Hybrids Weekly Update

March 16, 2020

Overall Welcome to the Purdue Hybrid Rocket Biweekly Update! This Newsletter is a biweekly update of what has been accomplished over the past two weeks and what the plan is for the upcoming two weeks for each sub team. Alongside that, news regarding the team as a whole will be included. RECENT UPDATE: due to the recent outbreak of Covid-19…
Team Leads

Elvin Garayev

Chief Project Engineer

As Chief Project Engineer, I oversee the administration work for the entire team and ensure that all subteams are accomplishing the set tasks while following the projected schedule. Administration work includes leading weekly meetings, communicating major updates, and ensuring that our public message is being properly communicated. I also represent our team to the PSP, AIAA, and SEDS board and delegate the funding that our team receives for the project at hand.

Jan Balk

Chief Design Engineer

William Gardner

Ground Systems Lead

I oversee the Ground Systems team, which is tasked with supporting the launch effort before liftoff. We are designing the ground support infrastructure necessary to load the nitrous oxide onto the rocket before launch, and to collect data about the propulsion system during ground testing and before each flight. All of this launch pad infrastructure will be completely remote to ensure the safety of all members of the team.

Austin Keck

Propulsion Lead

I work to push the propulsion team forward by inspiring my members to do their best work and leading-by-example. I’ve done everything from writing combustion chamber Matlab code and wiring up power supplies, to playing a leading role in every formal readiness review during my time with this team.

Austin Nightenhelser

Avionics Lead

As the Avionics Lead, I am responsible for overseeing my team in order to create and test the rocket’s avionics bay and it’s recovery systems. This includes flight components such as flight computers and antennas, as well as being able to provide power for these components. Our recovery systems include the separation of rocket components to deploy parachutes via the usage of charges and black powder and then the GPS and other tracking capabilities in order to find the rocket after touchdown. We will also include a number of sensors so we can follow the performance of the rocket through the different stages of flight.

Cole Nielsen

Payload Lead

Unlike many of the other subteams, working on the payload comes with a far more rigid set of competition rules describing what tasks can be completed in order to score points. However, by selecting different combinations of these tasks, the payload can take a number of radically different forms. As the payload lead, my job is to direct the design, construction, and testing of the payload in a way that maximizes competition points while still being realistic for the overall capabilities of the rocket and our team. While balancing ambition with the demands of academics and deadlines is present in every subteam, it presents itself most clearly when working on the payload.

Scott Creger

Manufacturing Lead

I oversee the manufacturing of custom components on the rocket. I train team members on manufacturing techniques and provide knowledge and guidance to help members gain experience in manufacturing.

Paul Adler

Aerodynamics Lead

As the Aerodynamics Lead I oversee the modelling and optimization of the aerodynamic profile of the rocket for the ascent to 10,000 feet and for the descent and recovery. As a team, we are responsible for stability, accuracy in hitting our altitude goal, and various parachute and aeroloadings on the rocket.

Arpit Agarwal

Structures Lead

As the Structures Team Lead I oversee the integration of all the subsystem CAD components into one main rocket assembly and conduct analysis to ensure structural integrity of the rocket during its operation using FEA (Finite Element Analysis) where needed alongside modeling simpler components using empirical calculations. I am also responsible for the outer body of the rocket alongside any structural components within the rocket needed for full vehicle integration.

Dylan Graulich

Business Coordinator