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Project Basilisk

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Target Apogee: 10,000 ft
Length: 18 ft
Diameter: 6 in
Wet Mass*: 148 lb

Fuel: Ethanol
Oxidizer: Nitrous Oxide
Pressurant: Nitrogen

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The aim of Project Basilisk is to develop a liquid bipropellant rocket capable of reaching 10,000 feet and being recovered successfully while teaching students the design, manufacturing, and testing process. Basilisk will be launching from the Friends of Amateur  Rocketry launch site in the Mojave Desert as a part of the FAR 51025 Competition.


Basilisk’s propulsion system is comprised of a three-tank pressure-fed bi-propellant engine. Utilizing nitrous oxide as our oxidizer and ethanol for fuel, nitrogen is used to force our propellant through the injector and into the combustion chamber. It is one of the most complex engines ever pursued by our organization.


Basilisk's airframe is 18 feet long and will be hand-built out of prepreg carbon fiber. The recovery system features a dual deployment system with drogue and main parachutes and a plumbing bay between the Nitrogen and Fuel Tank. The nose cone will feature a water ballast system to help balance out the rocket during ascent.


Utilizing an Arduino BetaFlight, our payload is an FPV RC Drone that will be autonomously deployed at 400 feet and after deployment will be flown to a designated drop-off zone. Pointing out the side of the rocket will be two cameras that will capture Basilisk's flight.


Meet Our team

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Kathryn Daniels

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Propulsion Manager


Kyler Marciel

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Aerostructures Manager

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Daniel Sherlock

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SEI Manager


Zander Zhuchkan

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Payloads Manager

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Diego Alverez

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Recovery Lead


Kathleen Cravens

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Injector Lead


Jason Gay

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Aerostructures SEI Lead


Alex Lozano

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Internal Structures Lead


Erik Solberg

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Fluid System Lead

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Kaylee Abramovs

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Propulsion SEI Lead

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Teo Couedelo

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External Structures Lead

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Kaela Hollister

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Aero Manufacturing Lead

Scout N

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Avionics SEI Lead


Ryan Spinelli

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Media Lead


Megan Bailey

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Payloads Electrical Lead

Dylan Dessoye

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Prop Manufacturing Lead


Naoto Kimura

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Deployment Mech Lead

Nic Piakis

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Flight Dynamics Lead

Devon Terry

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Aerodynamics Lead


Otis Campbell

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Payloads Manufacturing Lead

Daniel F

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Drone Mechanical Lead


Jack Koller

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Combustion Lead

Dylan Smith

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Payloads SEI Lead


Preliminary Design Review Slides

Critical Design Review Slides

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