LPRD Rocketry

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Liquid Propelled Rocket Design

LPRD Rocketry is a project that lives on the belief that dreams should be pursued fervently and pursued now. We are a group of students at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and other Minneapolis colleges, and our dream is a dream we think is shared by the human race. Ever since people have been able to look up at the heavens, the stars have been a source of wonder. We want to contribute to the engineering body of work that will allow humanity to expand to that final frontier. Specifically, we aim to use the engineering skills of students to design, manufacture, and test liquid propellant rocket engines, and we invite you to join us.

Check out our website for updates, progress, and pictures!


Successfully fired 100 Newton rocket engine with Orbital ATK. Successfully fired 100 Newton rocket engine on our own. Completed high power asymmetric thrust rocket testbed. Integrated pressure and control valve feedback. Designed and began machining of nitrous-oxide engine. Completed Mk2 size (1000N) engine.

Long-term timeline:

  • Spring/Fall Semesters 2016:
    • Fire regeneratively cooled rocket engine and ceramic rocket engine with multiple injectors
    • Log pressure and temperature within engine
  • Spring Semester 2017:
    • Launch liquid propellant rocket
  • Spring 2018:
    • Launch higher
  • Spring 2020:
    • Touch space
  • Spring 2025:
    • Orbit earth
  • Spring 2026:
    • Leverage dominance of sky to rule earth
  • Spring 2027:
    • Colonize moon

Our project is good for people with an interest in rocket engine design, manufacturing (lathe, mill), flight control algorithms, sensors control and interpretation, pressurized-gas handling, cryogenic liquids handling, aerodynamics, fluid dynamics, microcontrollers, structures, materials properties, chemical manufacturing/modification, fault management, and process control.


If you want to learn more about the project, come to one of our project meetings, or join the team, contact Glen Smith (smit8297@umn.edu).