HOUBOLT

SUBSYSTEMS

propulsion

PROPULSION

avionics

AVIONICS

aerostructures

AEROSTRUCTURES

recovery

RECOVERY

control

ATTITUDE CONTROL

operations

OPERATIONS & INFRA

SAFETY

SIMPLICITY

RELIABILITY

PERFORMANCE

Our overarching design philosophy is: ​keep it safe and simple. The combined use of state-of-the-art design tools, early prototyping, testing, and a flexible project management structure ensures timely and​ efficient development. By coupling innovative technology and a minimum requirement strategy with our proven rocket design heritage, we can produce a simple, reliable, and economic product . Fuelled by easily accessible and safe propellants, our rocket is designed to reach an altitude of 120 km, carrying a 5 kg payload.

Our rocket was named after John C. Houbolt, the NASA engineer who pioneered and advocated for the Lunar Orbit Rendezvous (LOR) mission architecture. Houbolt faced a great deal of scrutiny, hostility, and skepticism from the NASA administration. However, being a firm believer that LOR was the only way to get to the moon, he stood his ground and fought for years, eventually convincing NASA to implement LOR. His determination and confidence are core values that we strive to exemplify in our team.

KEY SYSTEMS SPECIFICATIONS

fuel

Nitrous Oxide
Ethanol

apogee

120km
Apogee

weight

410 Wet
125 Dry

payload

5kg
Payload

thrust

8500N
Thrust

height

8.5m tall
30cm diameter

ROCKET SYSTEMS TOUR

NOSECONE

Constructed of ultra-lightweight carbon composite materials, the nose cone houses Houbolt’s spring-based recovery system.

PAYLOAD

A versatile space designed to house a 3U payload with a maximum mass of 5 kg. It can accommodate a wide range of payloads for micro-gravity and atmospheric research.

UPPER
ENGINEERING BAY

The UEB houses Houbolt’s communications and telemetry avionics, the oxidizer pressurant system, and the cold gas roll control system. It is one of two main command and control bays on Houbolt (see lower engineering bay).

PROPELLANT TANKS

The oxidizer and fuel tanks are Class 4 carbon composite vessels, providing an ultra-lightweight mode of propellant storage. This allows for a lighter overall vehicle design.

LOWER
ENGINEERING BAY

The LEB is the heart of the propulsion system. It houses the fuel pressurant system, the engine control and thrust vectoring (gimbal) system, the propellant injection system and the DragonScale thrust chamber.