KÁRMÁN SAN DIEGO
SPACE-SHOT LIQUID TWO-STAGE ROCKET
The official mission patch that I
designed for the KSD rocket!
Karman San Deigo (KSD) is SDSU Rocket Project’s latest rocket design project. Unlike the club’s last rocket, KSD is not intended for a college rocket competition. It will be a part of an even more important piece of aerospace history: breaking the globally recognized altitude differentiating our atmosphere and the void of space as a student organization. This project will cement Rocket Project as the first college to ever reach such a height with a liquid rocket, and I am extremely excited about the many amazing engineering challenges that this project will help me face. From cryogenic valve actuator design to engine flow test stand pressure loss solutions, KSD is already preparing me for an incredible future in the aerospace industry.
PRESSURE LOSS SOLUTION
All rockets require a fundamentally efficient engine to lift the payload into the sky, and that takes many iterations of R&D. Our engine test stands seen on the right is the primary assembly that we will be using in our flow test for this rocket engine, but the major issue this rig has caused our club is pressure losses as a result of the design. Pressure losses equate to improper testing characteristics that might skew our data acquisition away from that of an actual launch. As a Structures Section member, I was tasked with designing a solution to these pressure losses, and did so by designing new hardware that would raise this test apparatus at the test site 4 feet off the ground.
Within the professional field of rocketry, every mission and launch comes with its respective mission patch. We at Rocket Project like to emulate that fun design challenge and emulate that same tradition. Having an extensive background in both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, I sketched and designed my way through numerous stages of modern design. This patch focuses on showing the immense altitude that this space-shot vessel will achieve on its maiden flight, breaking through the layers of earth to float with the stars before returning.
As 2020-2021 Executive Outreach Director for SDSU Rocket Project, one of my fundamental roles in Rocket Project is securing and maintaining exemplary donor relations. Rocket Project relies on these donors for financial support; Rockets aren’t exactly a cheap business model. After numerous newsletter updates, personal email chains, and “Thank You” videos, our most impactful private donor provided us an astounding $300,000 during my time as Outreach Director. This money will impact Rocket Project for years to come in the form of rockets, marketing, and growth.
The Rocket Project Monthly Newsletter is an incredible resource produced by the Outreach Director for over 400 subscribers. Since it’s debut a few years ago, however, it has been somewhat of an inconsistent venture within this organization. I aimed to change the frequency and predictability and, well, make it a monthly occurrence! Organizing photos, section manager updates, and all other events within the Rocket Project calendar have all been a part of my schedule each month, and I am pleased to note that the newsletter has had its most consistent run of 5 issues in a row (and growing). Donors, SDSU Faculty, and members all cheer on this new centralized archive of RP activity, and that keeps me focused on providing a newsletter each month. Go Aztecs!