Purdue Space Program
Small steps make gaint leaps
In February 2017 the Friends of Amateur Rocketry (FAR) and the MARS society challenged universities to build a bi-propellant rocket that carries a 2.2 pound payload to 45,000 feet with a maximum impulse of 9208 lb-s. Purdue SEDS created Purdue Space Program to compete in the FAR-MARS competition and beyond.
Data Acquisition and Launch System
Infographic coming soon
The Data Acquisition and Launch System is a versatile test system that has been used for over 10 years at Zucrow Labs. Our team has evolved the design to launch a rocket. It is currently being mounted in its housing and the LabView software is completed. Pictures of the system will be posted soon.
- Loads propellant
- Controls actuation valves
- Controls methane condenser
- Activates igniter
- Autonomous abort and propellant discharge
- Up to 64 sensors pressure sensors and/or thermocouples
- Up to 32 actuated valves
- Put to 8 electronic regulators
Payload team has designed a unique holder that protects the provided payload during the flight and in the event of a hard landing. This groundwork is paving the way for future scientific payloads the team launches.
The propulsion team is composed of both graduates and undergraduates. We currently live at Zucrow Propulsion Labs. The team has finished the boilerplate or "battleship" engine to test the injector. The flight version of the first generation engine is currently being manufactured. This could be the first LOX/LCH4 engine ever flown by a university team.
The recovery team gets us home safe! The team has spent countless hours deploying and testing our recovery system to be ready for launch day.
Aerodynamics and Structures
Aero team actually builds the rocket. This team is currently living in our machine shop and have started to bleed machine coolant.