Two Stage Rocket to Space
The Story behind our Space-shot
CUSF’s future lies in Griffin I. Initially conceived as Martlet V and then spun out into it’s own line of rockets, Griffin promises to reach over the Karman Line to around 150km. Panthera, Griffin’s first stage, is powered by White Giant, a liquid bipropellant engine, while Aquila, the upper stage, utilises an off-the-shelf motor. Preliminary investigations into White Giant are being conducted with White Dwarf in January 2022, while Aquila and it’s novel hypersonic recovery system are currently being built for a launch to approximately 7km in July 2022. All of our sub-teams are hard at work to meet our rigorous development schedules.
Our Most Powerful Engine Yet.
A shape-changing hemisflo drogue chute acts to pull out a larger main parachute to recover Aquila and to slow the upper stage from speeds of up to Mach 4.
Griffin is powered by the Rooster, our latest and greatest avionics system. Boasting a resilient, distributed and cross-strapped architecture, the Rooster keeps everything ticking over, down to the millisecond.
White Giant, a regeneratively cooled 10kN Nitrous-IPA liquid bipropellant engine drives Griffin I up to stage separation.
Aquila’s airframe has been completely calibrated for stability with a unique stage separation system dividing the upper stage from the lower stage.
A trio of custom flight tanks, oxidiser, fuel and pressurant, lie at the core of Panthera’s propellant system.
Griffin’s Hypersonic Upper Stage.
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