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March 12, 2020

Ethan Plaehn recognized as one of "Tomorrow's Leaders"

AAE grad student Ethan Plaehn has been recognized as one of "Tomorrow's Leaders: The 20 Twenties" by Aviation Week Network, in collaboration with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Plaehn studies rotating detonation engines at Zucrow Labs under Carson Slabaugh.
March 2, 2020

Zucrow Labs Annual Report

It's been (pardon the pun) an explosive year at the largest academic propulsion lab in the world, Zucrow Labs. Read all about it in our annual report.
February 12, 2020

Adranos Inc. scores $1 million funding

Congratulations to Adranos Inc., whose unique magenta-colored solid rocket motors just scored $1 million in venture capital funding! Brandon Terry developed the powerful and environmentally friendly solid rocket fuel while working at Zucrow Labs under Prof. Steve Son.
November 25, 2019

High-speed imaging system coming to Zucrow

A state-of-the-art, high-speed imaging system is coming to Zucrow Labs, thanks to a grant awarded through the Department of Defense's Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). Stephen Heister, Raisbeck Engineering Distinguished Professor for Engineering and Technology Integration and principal investigator on the proposal, and fellow AAE professor Carson Slabaugh study detonations in an engine's combustion chamber and research how to use highly unstable combustion processes to develop better propulsion systems.
November 1, 2019

Purdue SEDS takes on the Base 11 Space Challenge

The Base 11 Space Challenge is presenting the task for a student-led university team to design, build, and launch a liquid-propelled, single-stage rocket to an altitude of 100 kilometers by Dec. 30, 2021.
October 29, 2019

Seeing Inside Explosions With High Speed X-Rays

Purdue University engineers have studied energetic materials (explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics) for many years. Now, for the first time ever, they have used high speed x-rays to look inside these energetic materials during an actual explosion, to determine exactly what causes them to react.
September 14, 2019

Erik Braun secures National Defense fellowship

Congratulations to Erik Braun, who received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG), covering three years of doctoral studies for researchers in disciplines of military importance. Erik studies laser diagnostics for combustion under Terrence Meyer at Zucrow Labs, currently focusing on Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (CARS).
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