The Rocket project group has been operating in the Spaceflight Society since its inception. In that time, it has produced a gaseous rocket engine with low thrust capabilities, and is now expanding into mid-thrust engines.
A liquid turbopump is the first stepping stone to get across when designing a complex liquid rocket. It is what sets all the thrust and efficiency parameters for the engine, and what is required to be able to move on to designing the main combustion chamber injector and nozzle.
In 2017 the rocket project group will aim to research, design and create a functioning turbopump subsystem that will be both powerful and stable. Beyond this year, the project aims to complete and test an entire engine with the eventual goal of using it on a launch vehicle.