Archive for category Experimental

FAR February 2016

Perfect flying conditions this past weekend, full report here.

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Data Acquisition

I finally got around to assembling a data acquisition system to measure chamber pressure inside my rocket motors, full details here.

 

IMG_8736

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Back at it!

Time to get back at it, here’s what happened over the weekend.

My kind of diamonds

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FAR July 2013

This weekend provided hot but calm flying conditions for a flight motor test. Flight report posted here.

 

BA Boost 2

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Black Rock Project 2013

Currently in the process of a class 3 wavier application for a Black Rock flight this year, more details to follow.

 

 

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Successful Moonburner Launch

A short April FAR launch report is up with a couple more pictures here.

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RCS Nozzle in AMW Snap Ring Hardware with a Loki Liner

Thanks Tony Alcocer for your custom nozzle adapter, going to use this for my upper stage moonburner.

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Moonburner

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Frankenstager Found

The weekend after the launch I was able to head back and search for both the booster and sustainer. Prior to searching I spent quite a bit of time running simulations and scouring google earth to figure out where the best search areas would be. For both sections I had best guess locations based on heading, expected altitude and wind speed. I left LA real early and made it to the FAR property by 8am, and by 9:30am I had found the sustainer over 5 miles from the launch pad. Then 40 minutes later after approaching my first best guess location for the booster I found it in good condition minus a broken tube coupler. I hope to have a video soon.

 

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Flight of Frankenstager

This past weekend I flew my two-stage rocket Frankenstager to roughly 27,000′. Unfortunately I have yet to recover the rocket which is still waiting for me out in the Mojave desert. Full report and more pictures go here.

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