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Posted by: TJ - Sun May 16, 2004 2:16 am
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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 1:52 pm
Carmack said he initially feared that the hard start destroyed the engine, but it continued to fly, so he decided to get the vehicle over to the other pad as fast as possible and hover, hoping the engine would last 90 seconds.

Carmack said they will have to replace the engine chamber and a gimbal actuator, but that can be done easily using the spare parts on the other Mod vehicle.

Unreasonable Rocket has told AA they have a fuel filter they can use (a classy piece of work, no?) to try to fix the fuel line contamination problem. Carmack says they have a 70% chance of success tomorrow in the Level 1. If they succeed in the morning window, they’ll try for Level 2 in the afternoon; he estimates that they have “onlyâ€


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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 2:25 pm
Still I'm impressed that it flew so well with the cracked chamber. That last youtube video I linked to shows an odd oscillation near the end. Could be wind but it might have been the software trying to compensate for the cracked chamber, it was probably getting much worse near the end of the flight.

To think there was a time when I was amazed at the DC-X flights with a rocket that cost a 'mere' 60 million dollars or so. :lol:


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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 3:06 pm
First leg of todays flights complete according to Alan Boyle

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/


A little more info here:

http://www.livescience.com/blogs/author/leonarddavid


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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 3:16 pm
I really hope the second flight will go alright. After such bad luck I think luck (and especially their hard work) should be on their side.

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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 3:41 pm
It failed :(

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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 3:43 pm
:evil: :cry:

Still apparently they're going to stick it out and possibly make another attempt within the 150 minute window.


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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 3:44 pm
:( ... 3rd time good time!

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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 4:09 pm
Ah damn, they do all these testruns during the year and when it matters )for money) it 'fails'. Darn it.

Fingers crossed to get everything working smoothly from now on.


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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 4:19 pm
Reading the rest of Alan Boyle's entry it looks like the Mod 1 craft is finished as far as flying today. The second engine is apparently cracked.

Looks like any further flying today will be done by Pixel.


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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 4:52 pm
Not over yet! Armadillo Aerospace is currently putting the Pixel rocket onto the mod, for this afternoon's attempt to win the $350,000 Level 1 prize.

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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 6:06 pm
This might sound like a dumb question, but why not just fly Pixel? It's a much more mature vehicle and has much more testing than Mod.

A first time success would allow a shot at level 2 later today, which likely won't be possible if Pixel has been cannibalised.

Conceivably, it could even do both legs of the flight with a single fuelling.

Just a thought.

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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 6:07 pm
Reports that if they can make a quick clean run with Pixel's engine on the Mod, they may swap the engine back over to Pixel and take a shot at the L2 run. Alan Boyle's blog says they want to try as long as possible, even if it means flying in the dark. wouldn't that be a sight!!! :shock: :o

edit: And they can't fliy Pixel in the L1 because they have not gotten an FAA permit for that flight pattern. Also, IIRC, the LLC rules say one vehicle can't fly two levels in a day.


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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 6:07 pm
@Asdyt,
Alan Boyle described why (I assume regulations):
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Because Pixel is Armadillo's entry in Level 2, it can't be switched over to the Level 1 task - but it can contribute parts to the Mod, Armadillo's official entry in Level 1.

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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 6:09 pm
I was wondering the same thing myself.

Although I'm sure we'll find out.


The other really big question I have about this whole event is what would they have done if there had been more teams competing. The launch window setup seems like it won't accommodate more than three teams if they each get two windows.


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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 6:14 pm
Sigurd wrote:
@Asdyt,
Alan Boyle described why:
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Because Pixel is Armadillo's entry in Level 2, it can't be switched over to the Level 1 task - but it can contribute parts to the Mod, Armadillo's official entry in Level 1.

Ah, ok, it was a dumb question.

I've got so many tabs open waiting for updates that I missed that part.

I'm going to blame the tension :wink:


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