This week saw our first test attempts of MASA’s tank pressurization system! The system is designed to read and regulate pressure in our tanks. As water flows out of the tank, more gas is added to maintain constant pressure and flow rate. This was the first test of the controls using a pressurized system, so there’s still more testing to do! @michiganaero @michiganengineering @uofmichigan
How do you test a parachute on the ground? By getting creative of course! Last week our Aerodynamics & Recovery team took delivery of our 7-ft drogue parachute, the second of three parachutes in our recovery sequence. This chute will deploy 20,000 ft above the ground and slow our rocket to about 200 ft/s. Upon deployment the chute will undergo 9,000 pounds of force and 14 g’s of deceleration!
Our structures team just completed the latest prototype of the avionics bay! The external aluminum structure simulates a mock airframe housing the avionics components. This allows us to test different mounting configurations of our avionics boards to determine the optimal layout. Ideally the bay should take up as little vertical space as possible, allow easy access to internal components, and limit vibrations while maintaining its necessary structural integrity. . . . #michiganaero #b11spacechallenge #rocketscience #engineering #space #karmanline #rocketry #aerospaceengineering #aerospace #uofmichigan #avionics
#ThrowbackThursday We at MASA are looking back fondly at our days spent testing. While Covid-19 has prevented testing since March, we are hoping to get back into the (socially distant) swing of things. Here are some videos and plots of a coldflow we performed in November of 2019. This test along with the data we collected helped us verify our new tank stand and further refine the system for engine hotfires. Drop any questions you have down below! @michiganaero @michiganengineering
We have updated our website! On it you will find all sorts of interesting details about Tangerine Space Machine, the PT-163 Experimental Engine, and the RP-D2 Flight Engine that is currently being developed. Check it out by clicking the link in our bio and let us know what you think! #rocketry #goblue
Our propulsion team has been hard at work and we are excited to finally unveil the first look at RP-D2; the engine that will propel our rocket, Tangerine Space Machine, beyond the Karman line and into space. It is a pressure fed liquid bi-propellant engine slated to produce upwards of 4000lbs of thrust. Not only will it be the most powerful engine the team has ever built, but to the best of our knowledge it will be the most powerful collegiate bi-propellant engine in history. @michiganaero @michiganengineering @uofmichigan