Propulsion Department

Lilith Full Scale Test

The engine is the part of the rocket that provides the thrust needed to reach the required altitude. After two years of study and tests on the Solid Rocket Engine of Rocksanne I-X, a new project course has been undertaken: the design, the assembly and the testing of an Hybrid Endoreactor.

Motor’s ignition plug during the Lilith’s tests

Scheme of an hybrid engine

This type of rocket engine, innovative and scientifically interesting, provides the needed thrust by the combustion of two chemical components in different state of matter: the oxidizer is liquid and the fuel is solid.

The simplicity of the assembling and the wide availability of the mechanical and chemical components, makes the hybrid rocket engine very easy to assembly and test in a totally safe way.

Component of the Lilith’s case (Rocksanne I-X motor)

The propulsion department collects those association members with expertise and passion in the field of propulsion, and focuses its activities on the design, implementation and test of both the propulsion system and the test facility.

The issues that a member of the Propulsion Department must deal with in the development of a rocket engine, are multiple and highly interdisciplinari, such as some in the table presented next, that we believe to be of crucial importance in the formation of each member that is part of our team.

Testing the scaled motor

Real problems that a propulsion member is called to face
Analysis, testing and production of fuel and oxidant
Design of the test facility and a data acquisition system for the engine
Plant design and fluid dynamics of the supply line of the oxidizer for the engine
Thermal and fluid dynamics  design of both the combustion chamber and nozzle
Design of the engine ignition system
Study and analysis of the combustion instabilities

Rocksanne I-X in flight