Rockets-in-Brighton, UK

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Hi everyone. My name is Steve, and I live in Brighton (on the south coast of England). My team is Rockets-in-Brighton, and that's me and my 5-year old son. We're not aiming for any of the WRA2 challenges, just for fun. However, I'd quite like to send up a video camera and get it back intact, so I'm very interested in dependable recovery systems.

So far, I have a launcher and have successfully launched a number of small 500ml rockets. I'm now building larger (2L) rockets and experimenting with a Tomy Timer side-deploying parachute. The launch was very satisfying but sadly the parachute didn't deploy, and I haven't had time to try it again. I suspect it was bad engineering, as the rubber band holding the parachute chamber door closed could all too easily slip off and behind the TT handle.

I have a small, slowly-updated site http://groups.google.co.uk/group/rocket ... hton?hl=en hosted as a Google Group (which works quite nicely as a wiki.)

I've been enjoying the chat on the forum and have picked up a few useful tips along the way. I look forward to being able to contribute as I gain experience.

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Steve
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Hey Steve

Welcome to the forum! Great to have you here!

Great website too, and I see you aleady have some videos on youtube!

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chriswaterrockets wrote: Great website too, and I see you aleady have some videos on youtube!
Glad you like the site, it's really just a notebook for me so I don't lose things. I do have a few more videos, with higher resolution, but haven't had time to process them. Hopefully before too long I can upload them.

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Hi Steve, nice to meet you.
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Welcome to the forum. :D
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Welcome Steve,

Nice to see another fan of aerial photography! It's something you will really get addicted to!
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U.S. Water Rockets1 wrote: Nice to see another fan of aerial photography! It's something you will really get addicted to!
I'm definitely looking forward to it. So far I haven't risked an onboard camera because my parachute deployment experiments have all failed. I have a suitable camera, it's a Busbi: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Busbi-BUSCD0001 ... B000VWYQ20

(Sensor VGA 640x480 (300K pixels), frame rate 30fps, format AVI, SD/MMC memory, 2×AA cells, 106mm × 62mm × 33mm, 72g (without cells). The price has gone up since I bought it at about £27)

I have made a foam enclosure for the camera to protect it from hard knocks. It neatly fits into a payload section made from a 2L bottle section. In this it might survive a backslider-style landing, but not a lawn-dart landing.

So it stays in the drawer until I can get the chute out reliably.
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rockets-in-brighton wrote:Hi everyone. My name is Steve, and I live in Brighton (on the south coast of England). My team is Rockets-in-Brighton, and that's me and my 5-year old son. We're not aiming for any of the WRA2 challenges, just for fun. However, I'd quite like to send up a video camera and get it back intact, so I'm very interested in dependable recovery systems.

So far, I have a launcher and have successfully launched a number of small 500ml rockets. I'm now building larger (2L) rockets and experimenting with a Tomy Timer side-deploying parachute. The launch was very satisfying but sadly the parachute didn't deploy, and I haven't had time to try it again. I suspect it was bad engineering, as the rubber band holding the parachute chamber door closed could all too easily slip off and behind the TT handle.

I have a small, slowly-updated site http://groups.google.co.uk/group/rocket ... hton?hl=en hosted as a Google Group (which works quite nicely as a wiki.)

I've been enjoying the chat on the forum and have picked up a few useful tips along the way. I look forward to being able to contribute as I gain experience.

Best regards
Steve
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