The Vulcan-I rocket was designed by the SEDS UCSD team in an attempt to be the first student team in the world to successfully fly and recover a rocket powered by a 3D printed engine.
The rocket is powered by the team’s second 100% 3D printed engine named Ignus, designed to be a stepping stone for larger, more powerful engines. The rocket is liquid fueled in a blowdown system by liquid oxygen (LOx) and Jet-A propellant spanning 19 feet in length with a diameter of 8 inches.
On May 21st, 2016, SEDS UCSD became the first undergraduate organization in the world to successfully launch a rocket powered by a 3D printed engine. Vulcan-I was launched in the Mojave Desert, at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry site.
Liftoff occurred at approximately 3:50pm and Vulcan-I soared to approximately 4000ft before returning to the surface.
Designed by SEDS UCSD
HOUSES THE ELECTRONICS BAY
COMPOSED OF FIBERGLASS WITH A REINFORCED PAPER CORE. COVERS THE PNEUMATIC LINES AND PLUMBING
SEPARATES THE TANKS AND ARE BOLTED TO CUSTOM END CAPS TO ABSORB BOTH TENSILE AND COMPRESSIVE LOADING.
ACTUATES LOX AND RP-1 FUEL LINES.
ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED 3D-PRINTED ENGINE MADE OF INCONEL 718