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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.
June 12, 2018

3D Printing Extremely Viscous Materials

A Zucrow Labs team led by Emre Gunduz team has created a method to 3D print extremely viscous materials, with the consistency of clay or cookie dough. This allows the potential creation of customized solid rocket fuel, pharmaceuticals, biomedical implants, foodstuffs, and more.
February 28, 2018

Purdue Space Program to compete with groundbreaking liquid-fueled rocket

With SpaceX launches capturing the world's imagination, the 21st century has become a golden age of rocketry, and it's never been easier to build a rocket that launches to incredible heights. But a student team called Purdue Space Program has taken this ambition to the next level. They have built a rocket fueled by liquid methane -- something no university has ever attempted -- and in May, will launch it as part of a $100,000 competition.
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