Installation of a new railroad bridge over Newman Road, at Zucrow Labs' main entrance, was completed at the end of August, and a nearby roundabout was also constructed on US 26. The project is planned to complete in December.
In a year defined by obstacles, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student rocket team persevered. Working together across five time zones, they successfully designed a hybrid rocket engine that uses paraffin and a novel nitrous oxide-oxygen mixture called Nytrox. They conducted hydrostatic and cold-flow testing for the engine at Zucrow Labs.
Purdue and the US Army are collaborating on a three-year project to modernize their use of propellants, explosives, and pyrotechnics. Principal investigator Jeff Rhoads is part of the Purdue Energetics Research Center, a leader in the academic study of energetic materials.
Every time a gun fires, lead leaches into the air. A scientific advancement from Davin Piercey could provide a comparable replacement for lead-based explosive materials found in ammunition, protecting soldiers and the environment from potential toxic effects.
After a catastrophic loss of payload during a practice launch, the Purdue Space Program's Student Launch team regrouped and rebuilt their model rocket, better than ever. Now they're ready to launch for NASA's Student Launch competition.
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.
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.
Roy Ramirez, a junior in Aeronautics and Astronautics, developed the first liquid rocket engine in Costa Rica. The theoretical work took about 1 1/2 years, including high pressure combustion tests at Zucrow Labs.