DCX: Ten Years of Rocket Lab Evolution

DCX: Ten Years of Rocket Lab Evolution

Back in 2005, USC's Rocket Propulsion Lab launched its first ever rocket: Del Carbon. Nearly ten years later, RPL launched Del Carbon's new and improved sister: Del Carbon Extreme, or DCX. Designed to reach nearly 264,000 feet and speeds up to Mach 6, DCX would soar more than twice as fast and 26 times higher than Del Carbon. At 11:53am, October 18th, 2014, DCX took to the skies above Black Rock Desert, Nevada, to demonstrate the amazing progress RPL has made.

Traveler II

Traveler II

It has taken three months to write this post, but justly so. Our members have been rightfully catching up on the three months of sleep we each lost as we readied Traveler II for launch in mid-May.  With the chaos of a lab move, some rather tedious regulations, and composite material troubles, the semester started off slow.  What resulted though, was an extensive to-do list for those brave souls willing to make TII a reality in the final weeks of school...

Traveler 1 Flight Report

Traveler 1 Flight Report

Traveler was launched on September 21, 2013, after two years of hard work and waiting. The flight ended in an explosion at T+3.5 seconds. Most parts of the rocket were recovered, and some can be reused. Luckily, enough of the motor was intact to piece together the cause of the explosion. This update will cover pre-launch operations, the launch itself, and future plans.