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Help Launch UW’s Student-Built Experimental Rocket

The Society for Advanced Rocket Propulsion (SARP) is a group of students at the University of Washington that have come together to design, build, test, and launch an experimental hybrid rocket. Our mission is to develop reusable hybrid rocket technology as well as to apply scientific and engineering theory with hands on experience. We are looking to raise $16,000 to cover building materials, testing, and travel expenses to launch this year’s supersonic rocket to 25,000 ft. We’ve reached our initial goal of $10,000 in just 4 days! These funds are dedicated to building and testing of the rocket and payload ahead of our competition launch. We are currently working towards our goal of $16,000 which will help transport the rocket and team members to the launch site near Green River, Utah in June

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SARP is competing in the 10th Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) hosted by the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) in Green River, Utah. For the Advanced Category of the competition, we will launch to 25,000 ft carrying two independent scientific payloads, the first of which will be an avionics package designed to monitor the performance of the hybrid motor as well as flight characteristics during the launch. This year we have partnered with Raisbeck Aviation High School, giving high school students an opportunity to design and build their own scientific payload that will be launched atop our rocket at the final competition in June 2015.

$10,000 Budget Breakdown                                                         Competition Travel Budget Breakdown

This competition helps students develop the skills necessary to work as successful engineers by providing technical challenges, opportunities to innovate, and a realistic engineering environment that fosters communication and teamwork. It also exposes high school students to real world engineering applications to excite them about a future in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Launch Objectives

Scientific
  1. Study the performance and flight characteristics of the hybrid motor by observing combustion chamber pressure and chamber wall temperature, as well as acceleration and trajectory during flight.
  2. Prove reusability through safe recovery and re-launching of the launch vehicle without major structural modification while at the competition.
  3. Serve as a launch vehicle for the scientific payload designed and built by students at Raisbeck Aviation High School.
Educational
  1. Provide an opportunity for students to design advanced systems, perform engineering analysis, and conduct scientific experiments for the advancement of launch technology, and the development of skills critical to today’s scientists and engineers
  2. Promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics to high school students.
Why Build A Hybrid Rocket?

Safer and More Affordable, yet Underdeveloped.

Compared to solid and liquid fueled rockets, hybrids have several advantages. Hybrid designs are simpler than liquid rockets because there is only one liquid propellant, resulting in less plumbing and weight. Hybrid rockets are safer than solid rocket motors to transport and handle because in a hybrid the oxidizer and fuel remain separated until launch,  reducing the risk of detonation or premature ignition. Additionally, hybrid propellants have a significantly lower cost and toxicity, with wider availability.

Hybrids represent one of the most undeveloped rocket technologies compared to liquids and solids, and many of their disadvantages could be resolved with more research and development. Our design capitalizes on the simplicity of hybrid motors as well as their inexpensive propellants, providing us with a reliable testing and research platform.

How it Works

A hybrid rocket contains propellants in two different states of matter. Our hybrid motor uses paraffin wax as the solid fuel and nitrous oxide (aka “laughing gas”) as the liquid oxidizer. The pressurized oxidizer is injected into the combustion chamber where the fuel grain is housed, and the two are ignited. The resulting combustion reaction products are ejected through a nozzle to produce thrust.

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Applications Today

Hybrid motors are an alternative high energy propulsion system that holds potential in transporting humans to space. It is already being prepared to take tourists to the edge of space and people into low earth orbit. There are huge breakthroughs being made in the field of hybrid technology -- this is the future of rocketry. Help us increase knowledge of hybrid motors, and get this incredible technology on the map!

Check out these awesome companies that share our goals:
Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites
Sierra Nevada Corporation

Help SARP Launch into the Future!

This is a great opportunity for students to participate in experimental rocket development, and we would like you to be a part of it. Everybody is invited to follow our progress to launch on Facebook and Twitter, and we will recognize donors proudly through our donors list, on social media and on the rocket itself! We hope you’ll join us in enabling the future engineers of space travel!












100 Donors Inspired! 

  Published on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at 04:06 PM (PST)

Thank you to our alumni at LSSU!




With your help, we have reached our second milestone! 

  Published on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 at 06:48 AM (PST)
After a very exciting three weeks, we have reached our second milestone! This is a huge milestone for us because these extra funds will sponsor 15 students to travel to the 10th Annual IREC competition in Greenriver, Utah in June 2015. We are taking steps towards constructing our rocket and we are extremely excited to present our work at the competition. 

We owe it all to our supporters in making this entire project possible. Because of you, us students are able to work on something that we are all very passionate about. Please continue to check out our Facebook page to keep up with our milestones and progress moving forwards.

https://www.facebook.com/uwsarp

Thank you so much for your support!







We Have Reached Our First Milestone! 

  Published on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 at 07:05 PM (PST)
Thanks to the support from our generous donors, we were able to raise $10,000 within four days of launching our campaign!  It is because of you that we will have enough money to build a successful rocket.  Now we have raised our goal to $16,000 so that we can pay for travel to the competition in Green River, Utah in June 2015.  This money will pay for safe transportation of the rocket, launch rail and propellants, as well as food and lodging for fifteen students.  

Thank you again for all your support.  We hope that you will continue to spread the word about our campaign through Facebook, Twitter and email.

We recently conducted a successful test of our sub-scale hybrid rocket motor.  If you would like to see a video, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR93LJPqc20

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