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.
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.
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).
Congratulations to Veeraraghava Raju Hasti, who has received the Gordon C. Oates Air Breathing Propulsion Graduate Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Hasti studies with professor Jay Gore at Zucrow Labs.
The same technology used in jets soon may be powering personal cars and other automobiles. Li Qiao's team at Zucrow are working to develop pre-chamber technology for automobiles to replace conventional spark plugs.
Zucrow alumna Loral O'Hara says the future of space exploration is here. With the goal of being the latest product of Purdue's "Cradle of Astronauts," O'Hara feels the momentum and says what we learn from the stars will help us on Earth.
Valeria Andreoli has received the 2019 Howse, Ruffles, and Parker Award from Rolls-Royce, for the Best Doctorate Paper. She is a Ph.D. candidate working at Guillermo Paniagua's Purdue Experimental Turbine Aerothermal Lab (PETAL) at Zucrow.