EARS 4/11/2012

Last Sunday, CUSF took our new rocket to EARS. We launched it twice, on an H143 and an H225 motor, and recovered it okay both times!

All the photos are on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cuspaceflight/sets/72157628282044955/

And all the photos are on Vimeo: 1 2 3 4 5

Some highlights:

Launch 2

Launch 1 (handycam) from Cambridge University Spaceflight on Vimeo.

Launch 1 (slowmo) from Cambridge University Spaceflight on Vimeo.

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Hopefully we’ll be launching two new rockets and this one a few more times next EARS meeting!

RaccoonKit

Nearly done soldering up this very prototype-y payload for the rocket on Sunday. It’s got a GPS (FSA03) being transmitted over an XBee (Series 2B, pro, 50mW) while at the same time an ADXL345 accelerometer is logged to an SD card on the OpenLog. All powered by a tiny little LiPo battery.

It’s pretty neat! Not entirely done yet (need to add a last-minute 3v3 regulator and reprogram the openlog) but should be in working order by Sunday.

Rocket Painting

The latest rocket is all painted! We’ve gone for a metallic blue on the fins and nosecone and matt black for the body. This should be launching on Sunday from EARS — our first rocket launch in quite a while!

Stay tuned for details on an experimental telemetry payload we’re putting together as fast as we can solder…

Further Rocket Progress

Further work rocket today — nearly all done now! Just gotta paint the thing and sort out a payload…

Team Meeting

We have some new members working on new Arduino trackers, following in the footsteps of the very successful Weasel project last year.

In the vein of ramping up work on rockets this year, some have been ordered! We’re getting a LOC Precision ISIS, a LOC Precision Caliber ISP and a LOC Precision Bruiser EXP. Hopefully the ISIS will arrive in time to get playing as soon as possible, while the Bruiser should be big enough to start testing a lot of electronics.

The Weasel Arduino Tracker launched on Nova 19

The Weasel Arduino Tracker launched on Nova 19