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J. Simmons, 11/03/2014 05:37 pm

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Propulsion Card Storming

Covers fuel & oxidizer storage, injector, combustion chamber, nozzle, and anything necessary to keep those items “stable”

Unsorted list of ideas

  • Indoor test stand for testing a compressed air cold gas thruster
  • 3D printed cold gas thruster for use on an indoor test stand
  • staging hobby and high-powered rocket motors
  • develop a series of larger test stands scaled around the classes of model and high powered rocketry certifications
  • recreate Greg's undergrad sugar hybrid motor
  • upgrade Mach 30 test stand DAQ to include high speed video
  • develop Arduino (or similar) model rocket launch controller board (including physical safety lock)
  • upgrade Mach 30 test stand DAQ to work over ethernet to extend operational range between operators and test stand
  • series of courses/kits to take users through high powered rocketry certs (required to purchase high powered motors)
  • Learn about and be comfortable using Reloadable rocket motors
  • Distributed laboratory software
  • Re-lightable motors, turn off and back on (means hybrid, or liquid engine, but not solid)
  • Ramp up test stand prototypes by increments of High-power certification levels
  • Storage and handling of cryogenic liquids?
  • Simulation, analysis, design and testing of cooling systems (for combustion chamber, nozzle, and throat)
  • Variable nozzle designs
  • Flow visualization
  • Nozzle comparison (Aerospike to traditional designs)
  • Injector design (fuel and/or oxidizer) to maximize combustion efficiency
  • Research Test stand configurations (vertical in addition to horizontal)
  • Survey the existing instructions and informational materials for building engines and motors.
  • Move from testing commercial off-the-shelf items (motors and engines) to building and testing custom built items.
  • Address Instrumentation: how to collect data on motor tests.
  • Material and manufacturing techniques for nozzles (3-D printed)
  • Open source software altitude and flight profiles - Performance calculations
  • Study fuel grain design (parameters) to optimize burn profile
  • Logistics, procedures, and infrastructure for Pay-for-testing, using Mach 30 equipment (income generation)
  • 3-D printed fuel grains
  • Research additional income streams RE: Propulsion (educational kits, grants, etc) - We can add this to all subsystems?
  • Linear aerospike studies
  • Combustion chemistry, develop open source software tools (NOTE: See NASA CEA)
  • Environmental simulation and testing (expanding flight envelope)
  • High operations tempo, flight rate motors.
  • Non-chemical propulsion (however this is low TRL/maturity)
  • Developing refueling ground equipment “on the tarmac”
  • Focus on maintainability, ease of operations.
  • Procedures and equipment for “mode 2 operations” for simulation and testing
  • Focus on safety procedures (not just during tests).
  • Operational Countdown Checklist as it relates to the propulsion engine test checklist procedures.
  • Develop a cultural delineation between “Operations or Test staff” and “Design staff” -- Maybe eventually specialize into 3 groups
  • Handbook for stakeholder collaboration (state, local, federal agencies and regulations)
  • Rules of thumb for Launch/test site size space, in handbook form.
  • Develop relationships with potential test sites
  • Acoustic, Vibration, Acceleration simulation and testing.
  • Procedures to optimize, advertize, public viewing and interaction SAFELY.
  • Remote viewing (Cameras for online streaming video streaming) to maximize audience.
  • Rocket exhaust plume studies (morse code??)
  • Ground operations communications equip and procedures.
  • Disaster recovery plan for catastrophic mishap.
  • Procurement/development of transportation and handling equipment for stands and motors (flatbed trailers, etc)

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