Lady Elizabeth Rocket
Our Lady Elizabeth Rocket was initially designed for the FAR/Mars launch competition hosted by FAR. For this rocket, our engineers developed our first-ever, student-designed, liquid oxygen, and liquid methane regenerative engine. At our last static hot fire, the engine had an average thrust of 510 lbs. The rocket weighed 141 lbs dry.
Our rocket is named after Elizabeth Jackson, the late wife of Dr. Richard Woodcock, both are great friends of the SDSU Rocket Project. Elizabeth Jackson was larger than life and an avid supporter of education and students. By supporting Rocket Project, she has allowed us to be innovative and create a learning environment that is unique, rewarding, and beneficial to not only students but the entire university.
Lady Elizabeth reached a maximum height of 13,205 feet and had a maximum velocity of 711 ft/s.
To our knowledge, our rocket broke the altitude record for a dual cryogenic, student-designed liquid bi-propellant rocket, broke the altitude record for a student-developed super-critical regeneratively cooled methalox engine, and is the first methalox rocket successfully launched and recovered.