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Is there an easier way to calculate rocket engine Isp?

I am trying to calculate the $I_{sp}$ of a rocket with a thrust of 500 kN. I know that you can calculate $I_{sp}$ with $I_{sp} = \dfrac{v_e}{g_0}$. However, to calculate $v_e$, you need the $I_{...
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Is it feasible/possbile to do regenerative cooling of ScramJet or Ram jet powered aircraft surface?

Thinking of ScramJet/RamJet powered aircraft for unmanned vehicle. One of the challenges in designing such an aircraft is surface heating. Just like Rocket nozzles are cooled regeneratively with fuel(...
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What's the minimum area ratio required to achieve choking in Converging nozzle?

Is there any equation for minimum area ratio (Throat area (At)/ Combustion Chamber area (Ac) ) required for choked flow in convergent nozzle (just like equations for minimum Pressure ratio and ...
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Peak altitude control for rocket

I am trying to design a way for a model rocket to have an apogee of exactly 120 ft (or as close as possible). I am using a design similar to the split rudder of the space shuttle on the fins of the ...
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How to design a transfer function for a Model Rocket?

I am building a roll stabilized model rocket. I am beginner at controls systems. How do I find out the transfer function of the rocket. Although, I am aware of definitions and stuff of control systems....
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Why is Rocket Nozzle CFD done in 2D instead of 3D?

Why do I see rocket nozzle CFD like the one here in this SpaceX video done in 2D? Real Fluid flow is three dimensional and involves an x, y and z axis. Is fluid flow done in 2D only because computers ...
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What is the highest performance fuel and oxidizer for a small (1 ft) hybrid rocket engine?

I have seen videos of people on YouTube who made small hybrid rocket engines with acrylic as a fuel source and gaseous oxygen as the oxidizer. I would also like to know how many pounds of thrust are ...
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Liquid Rocket Plumbing and Instrumentation Diagram: Standards and Presentation

I'm working on a team to build a liquid sounding rocket as a school project. We need to present our plumbing and instrumentation diagram, but we are butting heads on what program and standards we ...
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Method of Characteristics nozzle - outputs area ratio?

I am designing a rocket engine as my final project at college, and I tried using a MatLab code developed by youtuber JoshTheEngineer. However, after running the code, it seems that the output points ...
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Is it possible to protect electronics on a cubesat from 100-1000g of acceleration

I am currently researching the feasibility of setting up a coilgun that launches Cubesats for a paper.
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the speed of the exhaust

This is from Stephen Hawking's latest book; Brief Answers to the Big Questions. The speed at which we can send a rocket is governed by two things, the speed of the exhaust and the fraction of its ...
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What factors besides nozzle geometry and propellant's affect engine ISP? How can one optimize ISP?

In the design of a Rocket engines, it is understandably desirable to have a more efficient engine. Ensuring the gasses coming out of the engine comes out straight, and the chemistry of the ...
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What is the purpose of building multistage rockets, rather then packing more fuel into a single stage?

Reading an article about multistage rockets (not educated at all on the topic), and from the get go it seems to assume they are used/need to be used.
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Combustion Chamber Back Pressure due to gas injection

I am trying to calculate prior to testing the expected back pressure resulting from injecting gaseous oxygen through an injector orifice (choked) into a rocket combustion chamber before ignition. I ...
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Increase thrust of ion thruster?

Ion thruster has very low thrust due to its low mass flow rate. However is it possible to increase the mass flow rate? Together with its high exhaust velocity, won't the ion thruster be able to reach ...
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Rocket to slow freefall

I read that a human https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=ms-android-samsung&ei=l0_EWNjsHKXEgAafuIUg&q=john+stapp+45+g&oq=john+stapp+45&gs_l=mobile-gws-serp.1.0.0.6460.9902.0.10829....
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Small oxygen tanks

Does anyone know of any type of small, refillable oxygen tank. I'm trying to build a rocket and the smallest cylinder I could find is BernzOmatic's 1.4 oz. cylinder. A big cylinder isn't really safe ...
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Can a water-pump pump diesel?

After some research, I found that diesel is my choice of fuel. Now I need a way to pump it to the engine. My main constraint is price. So my question is can I use a water pump like one of these, to ...
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Propane rocket nozzle material

As far as I know, propane with oxygen will burn at 2800 °C and steel will melt at ~1500 °C. Brass is even less. What I am trying to do is a rocket nozzle. Is there a way I can built this with steel ...
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Are rocket engines practical for commercial aircraft?

What are the prospects of seeing rocket engines become the standard for commercial aircraft? It might be a dumb question; I really don't know all that much about the topic. The reason I ask is that ...