J&J

J&J

After the first static fire, Hydra has transitioned to serve as a training tool to help incoming members get over the learning curve. Numerous small modifications can be implemented which prepares new members for future more complex problems. Before the Jessie firing, a rigorous testing campaign was conducted to characterize the operational parameters needed from Hydra. These tests helped determine pressure drops, regulation pressures, and timing sequences. This testing campaign will be repeated for each subsequent engine firing. The testing phase is great for developing the understanding of the basics of rocketry in new members. Testing allows for hands-on learning that will accelerate progress up the learning curve associated with rocketry. In addition, performing tests on this simpler system will help teach LPL about anomalies using less critical and expensive hardware. The inaugural static fire of Jessie has taught LPL about the phenomena of hard-starts. This could have had severe financial consequences if learned while testing with Balerion.

Manufacturing

Testing

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