“Data is in from the recovered dart on Icarus 2! Separation speed was Mach 1.9, peak acceleration was 34.4 G’s, and it achieved a maximum altitude of 27,148’. This makes Icarus 2 the fastest and highest flying rocket in SDSU history.
The peak altitude was lower than expected because an anomalous pressure spike in the avionics bay resulted in an early apogee detection and parachute deployment. We are working to find the source of the pressure spike. The team has learned a tremendous amount about the operation, manufacturing, and flight dynamics of boosted darts from this project. The experience and data gained will go a long way towards supporting future high altitude attempts.”
– Alex Lewis, Icarus 2 Project Manager