Ortega Rocket Engine

A student-designed and built flight-ready liquid bipropellant rocket engine.

I have been a co-lead for the Stanford Student Space Initiative liquid propulsion team since September 2019. I manage around a dozen students to design, manufacture, and test (launch coming soon) our nitrous oxide/kerosene liquid engine. While not all designs or analyses are solely mine, I have worked with them all to interface between systems.

My specific role was organizing the operations of the team, as well as working on a propellant heat exchanger, the combustion chamber, the mass-optimized propellant tanks, and the ground station equipment plumbing. These were designed in Solidworks, analyzed in ANSYS, and manufactured on a mill/lathe.