ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR LAUNCH
After nearly three years of designing, prototyping, iterating, manufacturing, programming, assembling, and testing, Boomie Zoomie B is now ready to launch in Mojave, CA for the FAR-Mars Launch Contest.
Boomie Zoomie B and the BCLS ground support system are proud to be entirely designed and built by Boilermaker students. They embody the best of Purdue Engineering, with methods and procedures that meet or exceed industry standards.
After the team’s successful launch on Saturday, four members of the Mojave crew carried the vehicle from its landing location two miles away in the desert back to the FAR Launch Site. The recovered vehicle was in great shape to safely launch again on Sunday March 20, 2022.
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Boomie Zoomie B (BZB) is PSP Liquids’ second vehicle iteration, intended to improve on Boomie Zoomie (BZ) and win the FAR-MARS Launch Contest. Using a simulation-driven, optimized design, BZB features significant performance increases on top of the strong vehicle architecture provided by BZ. BZB features a lightweight common bulkhead tank assembly, robust and redundant avionics design, and improved engine performance and cooling.
Boomie Zoomie B is currently in its manufacturing and testing phase as system design is being finalized.
Design Process Highlights
Full-Stack Hotfire Completed
PSP Liquids has completed two full-stack hotfire tests to validate design and performance in late 2021. Testing was conducted at Purdue’s Zucrow Laboratories using the team’s Black Cat Launch System GSE.
Cold Flow Testing
PSP-L successfully completed its initial cold flow test operation at Purdue’s Zucrow Laboratories to validate connections between the Black Cat Launch System GSE and BZB. The team is now moving forward to full-stack hotfire operations that will occur in Fall 2021.
In-House Manufacturing by Students
PSP-L utilizes the Bechtel Innovation Design Center and other facilities to manufacture and assemble the vehicle. Efforts will be led by the Manufacturing and Quality team to train students on using CAM and CNC machining, creating GD&T standards, and ensuring high production quality.
Launch Simulation and Rehearsals
The team will focus its launch operations to enable transport from Indiana to the Mojave Desert launch site. To ensure safety and mission success, the team is simulating vehicle behavior on the pad for off-nominal temperature, wind speed, and vehicle performance.
Black Cat Launch System (BCLS) is the launch operations system currently supporting BZB. With a more compact design compared to the original launch trailer, BCLS can be easily transported to long-distance locations with lower risk of damaging fragile components. BCLS has successfully supported BZB in its cold flow operations, and will be used for hotfire and launch operations.
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