ICARUS is rocket designed to be powered by the 1500Ns solid rocket engine developed by VGT.
Main goals of this project are:
One of the major projects of VGT is the development of custom built solid propellant rocket engine. The goal is to achieve a a high ISP with safe and low cost fuel. Known fuel combinations and new ones are being investigated on the ground test stand.
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Overall project score:
On the 10th of May, 2014 the ICARUS rocket was flown in a remote location.
The flight achieved 3 out of 5 goals of the project:
The two points that were not achieved:
The main lesson learned is that during flight, structure solicitation is much higher than anticipated. In our future projects the structure needs to be much more resistant.
VGT Team is deeply grateful to Romanian National Institute for Aerospace Research "Elie Carafoli" (INCAS) for the outstanding support in building the ICARUS rocket and the launch ramp. We wish them great success in all the projects they will be involved!