Two Purdue University students are designing a new rocket engine that someday might help land a spacecraft on the moon.
Graduate students Thomas Feldman and Andrew Rettenmaier are part of a team that's designing the rocket motor through the NASA-funded Project Morpheus. That effort is aimed at spurring development of new technologies for future trips to the moon, Mars or asteroids.
The students' rocket will be powered by liquid oxygen and methane. It will be designed, built and tested at a Purdue laboratory.
Two other groups from Armadillo Aerospace in Texas and NASA's
Johnson Space Center also are in the process of designing an ngine
under the same requirements. The most promising design will be chosen for the vehicle.