Schirra-1 Vehicle Test Series

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Schirra-1 Vehicle Test Series

Post by Trogdor » Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:27 pm

The sun came out on Friday, so we rushed the Schirra-1 vehicle to the pad for a couple quick test launches. It uses NSA recovery, with too large a parachute as you'll see, and a cable-tie launcher.

The parachute deployed prematurely on the first launch, but worked fine the second. I have made improvements to the design by adding 3 small blocks on the rocket body to keep the nosecone straight during flight.

Launch Pressure 50 psi
Load fraction ~45%
dry weight 3.8 oz.

Construction & launch:

Video: [youtube][/youtube]


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Post by WRA2 » Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:02 pm

Welcome to the forum.

Nice rocket.

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Post by Tim Chen » Sat Nov 10, 2007 6:50 pm

Beautyous flight there man!

I read what you said about the chute being too big and when I watched the video I thought that it would go into that tree! I was expecting it to get stuck!!!

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