Penn Hybrid Rocket Homepage

This project is a Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) Senior Design Project at the University of Pennsylvania. Our goal is to design build, test, model, and fly a variable-valve hybrid rocket motor.

A hybrid rocket motor is a rocket engine that is a hybrid between a liquid fueled rocket motor and a solid fueled rocket motor. In the hybrid rocket the fuel is a solid and the oxidizer a gas or liquid.

In the first semester we are going to build, test, and model a small "lab scale" hybrid rocket motor. In the second semester of the class we will attempt to scale up the results from our small hybrid into something suitable to fly in a rocket.


DescriptionDue DateComplete
Demonstrate Functional Prototype November 25, 2009  
Analyze Thrust-Time Curve November 30, 2009  
Calibrate Thrust Sensor November 30, 2009  
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  • Design Review #1 On Thursday December 10, 2009 the team presented and submitted Design Review #1.  This design review was an in depth look at what the team has accomplished during the first ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2009, 9:06 AM by Thomas Castner
  • The Test Stand is Calibrated  Last night the test stand was calibrated by loading it with various masses and reading the respective voltages with the Board.  Results are available here. ( ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2009, 6:32 PM by Todd Tewksbury
  • Funding We have secured $3,000 from the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium ( ). Special thanks goes out to Chris House at the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium. The exact ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2009, 7:31 AM by Thomas Castner
  • Design Section of Website is Up The Website has been updated. The Design Section of the website has been added along with the How Do Hybrid Rocket Motors Work page.  Links to both can be found ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2009, 6:34 PM by Todd Tewksbury
  • Motor Test 1 On Sunday November 22, 2009, our hybrid rocket motor was test fired for the first time.  After an afternoon of component testing, the rocket motor was finally ready to be ...
    Posted Dec 2, 2009, 3:52 PM by Thomas Castner
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