UALR Hybrid Rocket Facility Homepage

The Hybrid Rocket Facility

of the

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Click to see firing through an optical filter, revealing machdisk structure.


Welcome to the UALR Hybrid Rocket Facility Homepage. The Hybrid Rocket Facility is a part of the UALR Combustion Diagnostics Laboratory and is run by faculty and staff of the Applied Science Department. Projects are supported at the Facility by grants and contracts with NASA and various aerospace companies. The facility currently houses a 2 X 10 inch labscale hybrid rocket thruster which provides testing routinely to the 500 psi level, and can be outfitted to provide pressures to 1000 psi if necessary. Runs are fully instrumented, and provide pressure curves and regression rates for a variety of predetermined firing conditions. Additional instrumentation is available to monitor IR and UV-Vis emissions, absorption, and laser based diagnostics including Raman and LIF. The facility provides graduate and undergraduate researchers with the opportunity to investigate rocket performance, fuel technology, and measurement techniques. The Combustion Lab also includes CFD, numeric, and other computational capabilities, using one or more SGI, DEC Alpha, or Linux based systems.


Working with a NASA EPSCoR Award/ Arkansas EPSCoR.


Hybrid Rocket Facility Industrial Sponsors: Hercules Aerospace and McDonnell-Douglas have supported grants or contracts which have utilized the facility.


  • Recent Pictures of the Hybrid Rocket Facility "in action".
  • Papers from the UALR Hybrid Rocket Facility.


    Links to UALR Combustion Researchers Homepages

  • Dr. Keith Hudson's homepage.
  • Dr. Ann Wright's Homepage
  • Dr. Keith Clutter's Homepage, ACE Engineering
  • Dr. Warfield Teague and students, Hendrix College Chemistry Department
  • Dr. Robert Dunn, Hendrix College Physics Department
  • Dr. Andrew Wright's Homepage


    Links to Combustion, Rocket, and Propellant Journals

  • The Journal of Pyrotechnics Homepage
  • Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics (PEP)
  • International Journal of Turbo and Jet Engines
  • Measurement Science and Technology


    Other Hybrid Rocket Homepages

  • Hybrids Now Homepage
  • University of Illinois: Project Prometheus Motor


    Contact Information: If you would like more information about the laboratory, such as reprints or more detail on capabilities, please use the address below to contact us. If you are a student interested in studies leading to the PhD in Applied Science (Applied Chemistry, Applied Physics, Engineering Science, or Applied Computing), especially to include combustion studies, please request an application packet. We'll be glad to have something sent out to you.

    Dr. Keith Hudson, Lab Director (501) 569-8211 (hudson@hybrid.ualr.edu)