Since 1942, when Wernher von Braun put 2 tons, slack propellant (and the deadly V2) into the space, more than 5,000 rockets were launched, much by NASA, some with Chinese and Russian spaceships and, increasingly, with SpaceX and other commercial commercial telephony companies.
But Cal Poly Pomona's Liquid Rocket Lab wants to become the first established university-based team to build up over 45,000 feet and-in-space into space.
PCMag was invited to meet the crew of the crew, Bronco, his aerial ship engineering team, and the Dr. Frank Chandler, Former Professor of Engineering College, Teaches Aerospace Design, Propulsion and Fluent Dynamic Graphic.
"I am the case [1950s] Sunday generation, "told Professor Chandler PCMag when we arrived." Encouraged by & # 39; the first Sputnik box to get into the rocks. I spent 40 years in the waterfront industry, first at Rockwell International, and Boeing, just like completing the Apollo program. During that time I worked on many NASA programs, including Space Shuttle, and # 39; Supporting missions, analyzing the & # 39; surveyed during rockets, which ensured that the birds that went up to; going to come back. "
In the Aerospace Engineering Conference Room, we sat in with information from Dr. Chandler is a sub-group of the 70-member team: Richard Picard, Alfredo Herrera, Tatsuya Danno, Colby Truong, Eric Gonzalez, and Jesus David Montes – all undergraduate learning aerospace, engineering, maths or physics.
Then we walked to Building 13, where the Structures Lab. It is a large hangar building full of rock equipment: tools, senses, tubes, herbs for carrying christian faith fuels, nose rails, parachutes, tail windows, and raw materials from wood to high carbon fiber -thechnology on different areas of work.
Bronco 1 is in pieces just as the team works. But at every piece, it is 15 feet high, it has a meter value, a metal fired machine with metal, aluminum / fiberglass peel, "Abuguser Cold Machine, and is funded by a donation $ 1.67 million from the National College Resources Resources North-
Here are some of the team talking about their particular area of responsibility on Bronco 1:
Alfredo Herrera on electronics Bronco 1:
Colby Truong on the Bronco league election system 1:
Eric Gonzalez on Bronco engine 1:
Richard Picard on a trial model Bronco 1:
Tatsuya Danno on the Bronco 1 movement system:
Bronco 1 has been through a number of exams a year, which included one earlier this year at Lucerne Dry Lake. Site in the middle of the Mojave desert, at a height of 2,848 feet.
"That night, the trial team stayed here quite late in the laboratory, and made us an experimental exam," told Alfredo Herrera. "Then we went around 4 a.m. in a truck we borrowed from the Engineering College. For safety reasons the rocket was broken down and we collected it at the site."
"The most fragile components we put into Pelican protection issues," added Richard Picard. "Other we were a goose between ice chests in the back of the truck."
When they arrived Mojave Desert several hours later, the crew went out of their car fleet and they were set up, each sub-team with their own list of activities. They worked for more than two hours until they were ready to take it to the railway.
"[We] he went to his mistress, he told what we were doing; going to launch, put it on, put the calculations and run back to a safe distance, "Picard said.
He was satisfied that all safety checks were carried out, the schoolmaster began to count down and Bronco 1 was built. Here are you clip clip from the day he was killed by a Eric Gonzalez team member on his phone. If you are at work, put down your speakers – it's highSouth Westerly
Here is the view from the box from the ground. Warning: LOUD!
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"Then we all prayed to open their parachute," said Tatsuya Danno. "It will start viewing it and pop-up it's an amazing notion." A GPS tractor is connected to the paralysis, so the crew could locate and return the rocket to the laboratory.
Bronco 1 is tested regularly. "The next is the first test" fire fire machine, "" explained Jesus, David Montes. Each part of the probe rocket needs to be done, and it is easier and more efficient – individual to do individually. "
"We need to make sure that our electrical equipment can handle thin temperatures," said Gonzalez, "and all the plumbing and parts are working correctly. The next test environment will be on its & # 39; champus, at least at least two dozen – including solenoids, valves and a nasty fluid nitrogen, reduced to a lesser extent of 286 [F] to make sure that no frost is up under these conditions. "
if you CPPLRL continued on Twitter, they will post updates from that test day and a ticket for the team.
After that, everything is based on one goal: the FAR-Mars League competition on 2-3 March, 2019. On its consecration by the Mars Society (Denver) and Friends of Rocketry Amateur (California), it was Competition last earlier this year. Mojave Desert, but anyone won the big prize of $ 100,000.
"Because of the fact that adding a roasted heated above 45,000 feet is very tough and tough," explained Professor Chandler. "But if any team is capable of doing it, in 2019, this is a great deal. This is a wonderful and exciting group. I think that All of them should go to school high and I know they have major roles ahead of them in aerospace. "