2/19/17 – Students become Teachers

This week, LPRD gave a presentation about liquid rocket engines to our local Tripoli charter, a hobby rocketry group which helps us launch our solid fuel rockets (and hopefully one day our liquids). The presentation went very well, with a lot of people excited to learn about how liquid engines work. There is a video of the presentation here. If you’re interested in learning about the technical details of our engine and testing procedures all in one sitting, I highly encourage you to check it out!

This week for our spotlights, we have Ground Ops reporting on their valve characterization test from last week, and Engine Team with a Member spotlight from Jonathan, our new Engine Subteam lead this semseter.

Subteam Spotlight: Ground Ops

Ground Ops is currently in learning mode. One of our projects that we are currently working on is the building of the mount for the MK2 engine. The mount not only needs to be built specifically for the MK2 engine, but also for compatibility with the MK2 test stand. This leads me to another project, which is to create a piping system for the MK2 test stand. We have all the materials we need and with some time and research, we hope to have the setup for the MK2 test stand be done by the end of the semester. Along with setting up the MK2 test stand, we are also continuing to run tests on the MK1 test stand to increase familiarity and confidence to prep our team, Ground Ops, for future engine firing. In the meantime, solidifying Ground Ops a team is the ultimate goal and more updates are to come!


Member Spotlight: Johnathan Liberman

I’m Jonathan Liberman, lead for the Engine Subteam, and a second year student in Aerospace Engineering.  LPRD has given me an excellent chance to delve further into rocketry than I have before.  The opportunities to work on liquid fuel engines is a unique one that has provided lots of practical experience and learning.  After I graduate, I would like to continue this and work on rocket engines for actual launch platforms.  My ideal job would be working at SpaceX or Aerojet Rocketdyne developing new engines for the next generation of launch vehicles.

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