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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:25 am
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Were you able to fly? Any info?
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Hi Rick,
Sorry for the delay but Stage1 development keeps me very busy.


We have got very bad luck! Wind was very strong and finally our balloon has got a blowout. Next launch will be in February 2012:
http://code.google.com/p/moon-20/wiki/W ... n_Launch11

Science is like this... Slowly. See the Launch10 video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w66rL3VkFPQ

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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Fri May 18, 2012 6:25 am
Hi Joshua,

How are things going? We recntly experienced a set back in Sugar Shot to Space and are working hard to remedy the problem
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuxTAv71Xac

On a positive note, in an other project I'm on we have finished our N2O/propane sustainer. Since Paul is extending the N-Prize for one more year we are considering applying just in case our vehicle meets the requirements...not sure if we can meet the total launch cost though.

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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Sun May 27, 2012 4:13 pm
Hi Rick,

I saw your Sugar Shot engine test, you are doing a great job. Me happens very often but mistakes are the path to the learning.

After nine months trying to validate the ignition system in Near-space, we succeed and, even our rocket was not ignited (Just the second stage, not the whole Launcher), we proven that ignition system works and GPS is reliable:

See some Near-space launch videos and other ugly experiences before:
Launch12a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BESlb-UmOAc
Launch11b http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx5e9T5cAuA
Launch11a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBEMlh9663Y
Launch10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w66rL3VkFPQ
Launch08 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGFtU-O8Gbg
Launch07 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk1g50NSn2M
Launch01 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ9J6aCmkxs

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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:01 pm
Hi guys,
We did it again. We succeed to launch our 13rd rockoon in the nearspace. The liftoff was somehow chaotic so we do not know where the rocket went. The rocket is a simplified version of the second stage of the WikiLauncher because we are validating the method of launch from a PVC tube connected to the balloon.

Launch13b http://youtu.be/bdqZuvb2XSs

Ignition must be faster than now because burst shakes the launching ramp very early. Rocket must liftoff before this vibration.

We are working hard in the engine part. As soon we fix this problem we will have another attempt (I guess before next September)

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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:45 pm
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Ignition must be faster than now because burst shakes the launching ramp very early. Rocket must liftoff before this vibration.


Congrats on how far you have got so far. On the registers jokey balloon launch project they have also run into high altitude ignition problems but they look like they have some interesting solutions it might be worth you having a look there.


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/12/lohan_ignition/

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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:28 pm
I'm not surprised that the Aerotech motor didn't light. It looks like they used an endburner motor with a Crapperhead (Copperhead) igniter. These are hard to light even under normal conditions.

The Cesaroni motor had a better chance of igniting. I bet it would work if they added more pyrogen or some AP shavings to the igniter. Another thought would be to include a piece of an Estes BP motor at the top of the AP grain inside the casing. BP motors are much easy to ignite than AP motors.


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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:02 pm
Thanks Alex and Dave.
I will try to do my best for the next launch at the end of August.

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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:46 pm
There is an update on solutions to the ignition system to be used on the registers flight it might help you tristancho on yours.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/18/lohan_igniter/

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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:32 am
SANEAlex wrote:
There is an update on solutions to the ignition system to be used on the registers flight it might help you tristancho on yours.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/18/lohan_igniter/


Interesting.
Thanks Alex. I really need to fix the igniter problem and this can help.

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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:14 pm
See our WikiSat V3.2 with a videolink in the 5.8 GHz band

http://www.wikisat.org/?p=632

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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:38 pm
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SANEAlex wrote:
There is an update on solutions to the ignition system to be used on the registers flight it might help you tristancho on yours.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/18/lohan_igniter/


Interesting.
Thanks Alex. I really need to fix the igniter problem and this can help.

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Its successfully been tested at low pressure

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/01/rehab_result/

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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:30 am
SANEAlex wrote:
Its successfully been tested at low pressure

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/01/rehab_result/


Right. Thanks Alex.

Also, we will have our last launch (Without the N-Prize extension) on September 2nd 2012 at 06:00 UTC. See details here https://twitter.com/wikisatlive

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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:32 am
Good luck tomorrow!

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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:08 am
Any news Joshua?


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Post Re: Team WikiSat   Posted on: Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:35 pm
Rick Maschek wrote:
Any news Joshua?


Sure!

Today we have got a pre-launch test based on a WikiBalloon without rocket and without satellite. Tommorrow is the official one.

The Launch 15 is placed at Canary Islands. It is the first time we launch from here and our objective is to demonstrate that it is feasible in terms of legislation and operation. We will not ignite the rocket for this time.

You can see realtime information here:

http://code.google.com/p/moon-20/wiki/W ... n_Launch15

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