Joe Barnard of BPS has just released his Signal Avionics flight computer and it is full of cool features that any amateur rocketeer has been waiting to see!
This is no normal flight computer, Signal Alpha is a full thrust vectoring kit which essentially enables you to fly your rockets with gimbaled engines and no fins! Imagine the possibilities now open to you for experimentation in your park.
Joe does a much better job explaining all the features in the video below but for USD$299 you cannot go wrong for what this little board can do.
I look forward to it being ITAR friendly so I can get my hands on this gem!
For more info:
Portland State Aerospace society is working towards building and flying a liquid fuelled rocket to 100km. These latest videos show recovery testing for their LV3 rocket.
Follow the team here!
Video Cation: The liquid development engine was MASA’s first liquid bi-propellant motor and was created to act as a first step towards developing a full scale liquid engine. October 8th marked the team’s second time firing the engine. The team static fired a total of three times throughout the day and experimented with a different method of ignition on the third test.
The Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA) is a student engineering project team at the University of Michigan. Learn more on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MichiganAero…
And our website: http://masa.engin.umich.edu/
It seems everytime I post about Barnard Propulsion Systems, Joe has gone off and succeeded in carrying out another flight! This time Scout was launched off vertical and brought back to the correct orientation.
Joe is also about to start selling the amazing little flight computer that does all this as well! Get your name on the list to be one of the first to grab it! https://www.bps.space/signal#signal-avionics
Video Caption: Running Signal’s course correction feature, Scout launched angled roughly 15 degrees from upright. Course correction held the vehicle orientation off the pad after launch, then plotted a smooth maneuver back to upright. As shown here, corrections are determined in a global reference frame, then executed in the local frame, meaning roll is not an issue(until the TVC hardware cannot keep up with the roll). Once deployed, the parachutes broke the kevlar reinforced shock cord, separating them from the body. The cord snapped at a weak point where significant heat had been experienced during assembly, which can be avoided next time with a new cord and some epoxy. The flight computer and TVC mount remained entirely unharmed by the impact.