My name is Mason, and this is my first post on this blog. I am a freshman at JHS, and I am proud to be a part of the Jordan rocketry team.
In the last few weeks, we have been making progress with our new rocket. For a while, we've been working on payload design. But at the moment, we're working on getting parts, and finishing up our designs, in preparation for the 2017 Battle of the rockets competition. This competition is the same one that DART attended in Huntsville last year, so it's the same three events that our rocket will partake in. Except for we don't yet know if the events are still going to be in Huntsville. The three events are:
- Target altitude event
- Planetary lander kit
- Advanced planetary lander kit
In a nutshell, the point of the events is to see if the rocket can reach a certain altitude, and then see how well it performs a landing. Let's just hope that the competition isn't a repeat of our recent test flight of last year's rocket, where it got stuck in a tree and took an hour to find! Anyways, the competition itself is only open to high school and college teams, though there is always a large number of competitors there. The competition is in March, which seems like a lot of time, given that we meet twice a week, but we still have a lot to do, including the designs that I was talking about earlier, registering for the competition, and constructing our physical rocket. Good thing that most of our members have experience with rockets!
Fifth Fullscale Flight
For our fifth fullscale flight, we launched the fullscale rocket to about 4,800 feet. Our goal was to accomplish the 2017 NASA SL challenge, even though we cannot compete in it. The 2017 challenge is to create a device that controls the roll of the rocket to make it spin 720 degrees. Our roll alignment device was perfectly suited for this, with just some small changes to the programming.
On Saturday, September 24th, three of us drove down to the Bayboro Launch Field. After a day of preparation, we launched it on an slightly unstable pad. This caused it to launch at a higher angle than anticipated, and go towards the woods. While the roll control worked (until we ran out of rotation power), it was only able to rotate 520 degrees. The rocket then landed in a mosquito-infested forest, and we had to trek through it to find the rocket. In the end, it was undamaged, and the flight was successful. See below for some videos of the flight: