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:
This blog will be updated once a week over the course of the 2018-2019 school year, detailing our progress. It will be signed at the end by a member of the team.