It is Rocket Science.

Our Mission

The Liquid Propulsion Development Team at the University of Florida tasks teams with researching, designing, and manufacturing liquid propellant rocket engines. Once built, the motors will undergo static motor tests to measure relevant data such as thrust, impulse, and burn rate. Through the program, the team will compile a catalog of manufactured motors with statistics and information on how to create them for future use. With these motors the team will compete in numerous competitions around the country.

Additionally, these students develop valuable engineering skills that parallel those of engineers in industry. This provides students in the Liquid Propulsion Team a strong groundwork with regards to applicable engineering experience in both realms of design and manufacturing.

UF LPDT exposes students to a wide variety of rocket-related and research topics. Our sub-teams include:
  - Manufacturing
  - Propellant Delivery
  - Mechanical Design
  - Communications/Outreach
  - Electronics
  - Thermal Fluid Analysis
  - Systems/Testing
  - Structural Analysis
  - Structures

The Phoenix

The Phoenix is LPDT's next goal. It will be the first liquid rocket engine by the University of Florida to achieve stable combustion. 

Progress began in November 2019, out of the ashes of the Albatross program. The first test fire is scheduled for the Fall semester of 2020. Keep an eye on our social media pages for updates!

Phoenix Tech Specs:

- Fuel: Methanol

- Oxidizer: Air

- Chamber pressure: 2MPa

- Thrust: 600N

- ISP: 180s

- Cycle: Pressure Feed (Nitrogen)

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The Albatross was set to be the next biggest engine from our team. However, in the development process, it was decided that the complexity and scale of the project was not in line with our long-term goals. Instead, in November 2019, the decision was made to scrap the Albatross, in favor of The Leaky Faucet

Albatross Tech Specs:
  - Engine Fuel: n-Hexane at 6:1 mixture ratio
  - Oxidizer: 75% Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) : Catalyzed
  - Chamber Pressure: 2MPa
  - Thrust: 2kN
  - Cycle: Pressure Feed (Nitrogen)

For more information on Albatross' components click the links below:



Past Progress: 
In 2018, we finished testing our Software Verification Engine (SVE), which is the first liquid engine developed by the University of Florida. SVE is a pressure fed engine with 140 Isp and produces 50 lbf at sea-level thrust. SVE has produced valuable data for our liquid engine development program.

SVE Tech Specs:
EngineFuel: 95% Ethanol (C2H6O)
Oxidizer: 50% Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2)
Isp Sea-Level: 140s ISP
Chamber Pressure: 100 psi
Thrust: 50 lbf
Cycle: Pressure Feed (Nitrogen)


The University of Florida Liquid Propulsion Team is apart of the University's branch of AIAA, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. Being apart of AIAA has allowed us to present our work at regional and national conferences.





We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous contributions to our team!

Melissa Posey
Alefiya Kothawala
Fernando Ojeda
Gardi & Gardi CPAs
Michael Weese
Sherri Weese