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September 15, 2020

Railroad bridge installation nearing completion

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.
September 13, 2020

Zucrow hosts Illinois rocket students

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.
July 16, 2020

New explosive materials to bring nontoxic ammunition

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.
May 26, 2020

Students receive NASA research fellowships

Four Purdue ME students have been chosen to collaborate with NASA on world-changing research, as part of the NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities (NSTGRO).
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.
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