Space Shuttle Main Engine
Rocket propulsion is a key technology in the areas of space
exploration, commercialization of space and even terrestrial systems
such as automotive vehicle restraint systems. Space
exploration has seen a renewed interest in light of recent unmanned
planetary missions. However, the primary obstacle that has
man from walking on the surface of Mars is the propulsion system
requirements. In terms of the commercialization/privatization of
space exploration, the
recent explosion in communications technology has put an unprecedented
demand for communication satellite launches and new companies such as
SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic have captured the public
imagination. And, every automobile sold
in this country includes solid rocket motors that are used to
rapidly inflate the air bags.
P. Sutton and Oscar Biblarz, Rocket Propulsion Elements, 9th Edition,
Instructor: Anthony J. Marchese
Download Course Syllabus here
Office: Scott 104 and Powerhouse 211
Phone: (970) 491-2328
Semester Design Project, Class Participation (50%). This course
is a project-based course in which the majority of the assignments,
grades and in-class collaborative work will be geared toward the semester
design project. Specifically, the semester design project will consist
of design, analysis, fabrication and testing of a 10 lb
thrust hybrid rocket motor.
Rocket Motor Design Report (50%). In addition to fabrication and testing,
a detailed report will be due, which will inlcude all aspects of the design
and analysis of your hybrid rocket motor.
Policy and Other Rules (Pet Peeves)
• Attendance at each class is required. Class participation
is a key component of the course grade since much of the work
will be geared toward the semester design project. If you cannot make
it to class, please contact me prior to class.
• Please do not be late to class (The Powerhouse locks at 5 p.m., so you can't be late!).
• Please turn cell phones off. Obviously, if you have some sort of emergency situation
where you need to leave your cell phone on, just let me know prior
• Bring your calculators or computers to class, since we will work on a lot
of problems in class.
• Lap tops or tablets are allowed for calculation and/or note taking, but
please refrain from surfing the web, unless I ask you to visit a URL in support
of the lecture.