BPS Signal Flight Computer Powers Up

Joe Barnard has made significant progress on his in-house designed and built Signal flight computer. This computer will support his efforts in trying to propulsively land a hobby rocket. Joe does a much better explanation of the system in the video below, but if you are interested check out the Signal Avionics web page over at BPS.

Cal Poly Space Systems Updates

A little late to jump on this, but an update from the end of March from the Cal Poly Space team.

With Spring Break starting at Cal Poly we have good news to share about our #IREC competition rocket development. We have completed multiple tests and have decided on the rocket name – CPSS will fly Kronheim at Spaceport America.

If you follow ESRA on Facebook, they have been social media kings in posting updates on all the various teams competing at Spaceport America this year.

With systems and recovery well on the way, we plan to perform a test flight at FAR on April 15, 2017. Goals of the flight include test of structural integrity of the rocket body, honeycomb fins and bulkhead, recovery avionics, and recovery mechanism. One of the major objectives is to observe shock during main chute deployment, the data will be used to finalize size of the competition drogue parachute.

Propulsion team has finally got hydrostatic test procedures approved by EHS, thanks to our Student Safety Officer for great work done for it. Combustion chamber was successfully tested to FS of 3, Nitrous tank will be tested next week.

April 15th has come and gone, but judging by the below video they only recently attempted a static test of their engine, but was unsuccessful due to ignition problems.

I wish them luck and hopefully, we will see a rocket fly soon!

Read the full update here.

Instagram Pic of the Week

Stratos III Engine Testing

As reported earlier, DARE have begun testing of their hybrid rocket engine for their Stratos III rocket.
The engine burns an 80/10/10 Sorbitol-Paraffin-Aluminium fuel mix with nitrous oxide as the oxidiser.

Here is the video of that test.

Gilmour Space Technologies Engine test

Not sure if this is a recent test or not, but popped up on youtube. The team are working on peroxide hybrids with the eventual goal of a small satellite launcher.

Also a short company promotional video that shows past engine tests.