P07109: METEOR Rocket
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Administrative Information

Proposal Number
Project Name
METEOR Flying Rocket
Project Number
P07109
Track
Aerospace
Start Term
2006-2
End Term
2006-3
Faculty Guide
Dr. Kozak (ME)
Customer organization
RIT Electrical Engineering
Customer contact information
Dr. Patru
Assistant Professor
475-2388
dxpeee@rit.edu
Principal sponsor
Harris Corporation and Project METEOR

Project Continuation

This will be a continuation of P06006 METEOR - Hybrid Rocket Engine Design and Testing. For a complete documentation of their design, please visit http://meteor.rit.edu. Related projects are those listed on the website under the Project METEOR Family of Projects, P07102 - P07110.

Project Overview

This project will research and develop a flight ready, hybrid rocket stage. The nozzle and fuel grain geometries, the fuel to oxidizer ratio, the oxidizer flow rate, and the ignition system will be fetched from team P07105. The challange is to achieve a structure to propellant mass ratio of 1:10. The highest acceptable value for the latter ratio is 2:10.

Staffing Requirements

Discipline Number of Students Skills Required
EE 0 N/A
ME 6 Ability to design mechanical structures and to perform thermal modeling and analysis.
CE 0 N/A
ISE 0 N/A
Other 0 N/A

Continuation, Platform, or Building Block Project Information

This will be a continuation of P06006 METEOR Hybrid Rocket Engine Design and Testing. For a complete documentation of their design, please visit http://meteor.rit.edu. Related projects are those listed on the website under the Project METEOR Family of Projects, P07102 - P07110.

Principle Sponsor or Sponsoring Organization

Project METEOR is being sponsored through the Electrical Engineering Department, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The project has also received a donation from Harris RF Corporation.

Detailed Description

This project will research and develop a flight ready, hybrid rocket stage. It is expected that at least one stage will be successfully ground tested. The nozzle and fuel grain geometries, the fuel to oxidizer ratio, the oxidizer flow rate, and the ignition system will be fetched from team P07105. The challange is to achieve a structure to propellant mass ratio of 1:10. The highest acceptable value for the latter ratio is 2:10. The team will:

Customer Needs

The primary need of the customer is a flight ready hybrid rocket stage with a structure to propellant ratio of 1:10. This can be achieved through an innovative and balanced design.

Customer Deliverables

A flight ready hybrid rocket stage.

Customer and Sponsor Involvement

The team is expected to carry out the vast majority of their interactions with the Team Guide, Dr. Kozak. Dr. Patru will act as the customer on behalf of Project METEOR. He will meet weekly with the project manager and on a per need bases with the entire team.

The project has a significant research component and therefore the Guide and the consultants will be involved in the R&D effort of this project.

Regulatory Requirements

Project Budget and Special Procurement Processes

The Project has a budget of $ 10K, BUT ALL expenditures have to be reviewed and approved by Dr. Patru. The team is expected to generate an estimated budget by the time of the Concept Review, i.e. sixth week of school. This budget has been set to encourage the team to focus on quality. However, the team is expected to be creative and come up with the least expensive solutions which still meet the design specifications.

Intellectual Property Considerations

Everything associated with this project is public domain.

Engineering Specifications

The hybrid rocket stage needs to achive a structure to propellant mass ratio of 1:10.

Safety Constraints

Testing will be performed exclusively within the concrete block house, following the latest version of the Test Site Manual. All team members are required to read and know the testing methodology and protocol.

Course Deliverables

The following requirements complement or repeat the deliverables in the Course Deliverables Document. At the end of the project, the team is expected to deliver to the customer the following documents and materials:

1.List of Documentation Deliverables

2.List of Hardware Deliverables

One ground tested and two additional, ready to fly rocket stages.

Preliminary Work Breakdown

To be determined during the first SDI lecture.

Grading and Assessment Scheme

Based on several criteria, as will be explained in the first lecture of the Senior Design class, a team grade is assigned. Individual grades are then adjusted, usually equal to, or +/- one letter grade.

Three-Week SDI Schedule

To be presented during the first Senior Design lecture.

Required Resources

Faculty
Item Source Description Available
Dr. Kozak ME Guide Yes
Dr. Hensel ME Technical Consultant on structual and thermal analysis issues Yes
Dr. Patru EE Technical Consultant on data acquisition and test procedures Yes
Environment
Item Source Description Available
METEOR Lab EE 17-4100 Work Space/Storage Yes
EE SD Lab EE 09-3000 Work Space Yes
ME Shop ME 09-2360 Parts Manufacturing Yes
Concrete Block House Ward Road Rocket Engine Testing Yes

The team members are expected to: