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March 21, 2019

Secretary of the Air Force visits Zucrow

Zucrow Labs was pleased to receive a visit from the Secretary of the Air Force, Dr. Heather Wilson. The largest academic propulsion lab in the world, Zucrow Labs is proud to partner with the military to advance propulsion technology.
January 10, 2019

Rotating detonation engine

Rotating detonation engines could one day make *hypersonic flight* possible (faster than Mach 5). And you better believe they're working on it at Zucrow Labs. Check out Stephen Heister quoted in this WIRED article.
November 20, 2018

SEDS team wins Technical Project of the Year

Purdue SEDS has been awarded Technical Project of the Year for their liquid-liquid rocket, built at Zucrow Labs. Purdue is one of only 5 universities in the world that has a functioning liquid-fueled rocket. After a successful hotfire, they hope to be the first to successfully launch in March 2019.
August 23, 2018

Building a flamethrower for Burning Man

Where else can students build a kinetic fire sculpture for Burning Man... for class credit?!? Carson Slabuagh and his students from AAE 535, Propulsion Design, Build, Test designed the 100-foot-tall "Big Friendly Flame" for the annual Nevada spectacle.
August 14, 2018

James Braun wins AIAA award

Congratulations to James Braun, winner of the Air Breathing Propulsion Graduate Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). James is a Ph.D. candidate at Zucrow Labs, working with Guillermo Paniagua's PETAL Lab.
August 10, 2018

Who's who? 1974

Good news: Creedence Clearwater Revival are touring again! Just kidding.
July 24, 2018

New sensors can measure the highest temperatures of jet engines

If you put temperature sensors in certain parts of a jet engine, THEY WILL MELT. So how can you monitor their performance? At Zucrow Labs, Guillermo Paniagua's PETAL Lab have developed a sensor that will survive the high temps and pressures of rocket engines and gas turbines.
June 27, 2018

Purdue SEDS launches its highest rocket ever

Purdue SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) launched a solid rocket to 41,096 feet during the Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico. Their rocket, called "A Slightly Smaller Step," was a Cesaroni N5800. The rocket flew to 41,096 ft altitude, reached speeds up to Mach 2.4, and experienced 30 Gs of acceleration. At apogee the drogue successfully deployed and at 1,500 ft the main parachute deployed resulting in touchdown 2.5 miles away from the launch site. Using our Telemetrum telemetry system we were able to follow the GPS location directly to the landing site.
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