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Posted by: donktec - Mon Oct 04, 2004 2:12 am
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Post Gold Box flight recorder   Posted on: Mon Oct 04, 2004 2:12 am
Hi all,
One of the articles on the recent flight of SS1 http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/xprize_postflight_040929.html mentioned that it includes a 'gold box' flight/data recorder. Does anyone have any information on these? ie: what is measured, who makes them...
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Post Re: Gold Box flight recorder   Posted on: Mon Oct 04, 2004 2:54 am
donktec wrote:
Hi all,
One of the articles on the recent flight of SS1 http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/xprize_postflight_040929.html mentioned that it includes a 'gold box' flight/data recorder. Does anyone have any information on these? ie: what is measured, who makes them...
thanks.


http://msnbc.msn.com/id/5245935/

"Peter Diamandis, the chairman of the X Prize Foundation, says there will be several other procedural differences: Any spacecraft making a prizeworthy attempt will be required to carry a "gold box" that contains a flight video/data recorder as well as GPS equipment for verifying the altitude. The weight of the gold box will count toward the ballast requirement, Diamandis said."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansari_X_Prize

"Altitudes achieved are measured by three separate systems. There is a "gold box" flight recorder carried on each competitive flight, and two separate radar systems. Official altitiudes are determined by a compromise between the three systems."

Google has many matches along similar lines.


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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 10, 2004 8:22 am
As far as I was aware, it was just a custom built telemetry and video recorder supplied by the Xprize Foundation. The mount points were supposed to be specified, and all the teams had to make provision for fitting one.

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