RML Rocket Powered Centrifuge Test!

A test of RML Space Labs rocket powered centrifuge, epic!!

Video Caption: On March 4th 2017 this rocket powered human centrifuge will be manned for the first time as RML rocket pilot and CEO Peter Madsen is strapped into it, to endure a simulated suborbital rocket launch.

There is however, nothing simulated about the rocket motor, or the g load, it burns live propellants, and was tested to a staggering 10,5 g´s during this unmanned dressed rehearsal.

With the rocket pilot strapped in the g-loads will be 5 – 6 during the first manned ride, but the contraption can go well beyond this level as seen in the video.

The test is public, if you happen to be in Copenhagen on 4th March 2017.


Instagram Pic of the Week

HEROS 3 On Display at the German Aerospace Centre

HEROS 3 flew to 32.3 km in altitude and currently holds the European student and amateur rocket altitude record.
For more info of the rocket, check out the teams Facebook and website.

TVG-BPM5 By Jop Nijenhuis

Video Caption: A short video about my graduation project for my study in applied Mechatronics Engineering which I performed at Copenhagen Suborbitals. My project is a prototype of a rocket engine gimbal thrust vector control system, which was designed and built in 2016.

OreSat Going to Space

Congratulations to Portland State Aerospace Society and their OreSat project, recently selected for the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative. OreSat, amongst 34 other selected projects will fly as an auxiliary payload on launches conducted by NASA and its partners over the course of 2018, 2019 and 2020.

OreSat will study the contributions of high altitude cirrus clouds to global climate change.

The full NASA press release can be found here.

Barnard Propulsion Systems

I recently discovered Barnard Propulsion Systems from an email on the Arocket mailing list, and I must say Joe Barnard is doing some really cool control systems projects on a small scale.

Using small scale long burn hobby rocket motors, such as the Apogee F10, Joe has successfully demonstrated controlled flight of his rockets through the use of an engine gimbaling system.
But not only are his rockets controlled on the way up, Joe has taken it one step further and is aiming to propulsive land the rocket, much like SpaceX does!

His latest rocket, Relay, flew on its 2nd flight on Feb 8th and did not include parachutes due to the tight mass budget. The Relay rockets carry out their own math in-flight and decide whether and when to light the motor for a propulsive landing.

Joe does a great job in explaining the objectives of his flights at the beginning of his videos and then a recap at the end, very informative.

Make sure to follow Joe’s progress by clicking any of the links below.


Instagram Pic of the Week

Great to see some fire from the Ursa Major Technologies team!!