The world’s first undergraduate rocket powered by a 3D printed engine

Launched May 21st, 2016

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Photos from the Launch

About Vulcan-I

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

NOSECONE
HOUSES THE ELECTRONICS BAY
AEROSHELLS
COMPOSED OF FIBERGLASS WITH A REINFORCED PAPER CORE. COVERS THE PNEUMATIC LINES AND PLUMBING           
STRUTS
SEPARATES THE TANKS AND ARE BOLTED TO CUSTOM END CAPS TO ABSORB BOTH TENSILE AND COMPRESSIVE LOADING.    
PNEUMATIC VALVE
ACTUATES LOX AND RP-1 FUEL LINES.
ENGINE
ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED 3D-PRINTED ENGINE MADE OF INCONEL 718