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Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:06 am
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Post Re: Sugar Shot To Space   Posted on: Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:36 pm
Pardon the pun but congratulations if you have managed to achieve the sweet point :wink: :twisted: of mach diamonds with a sugar engine.

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Post Re: Sugar Shot To Space   Posted on: Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:55 am
Latest Sugar Shot test of the Double D grain configuration. This test was of the short 2-grain motor to evaluate a new inhibitor. The test was a complete success. A larger sugar (dextrose) test by a SS2S member suffered a CATO shortly after ignition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAG8kaMkw1M

This weekend at the FAR test site we will be again testing the Double D motor and hopefully static testing our new 100mm booster motor.

On a side note, the Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering team (DARE) will be launching their Stratos II in a few hours to 50km. owered by sorbitol but using nitrous oxide as the oxidizer in a hybrid. We have a friendly rivalry going with them, I hope their launch is successful.

http://dare.tudelft.nl/stratos-ii/

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Post Re: Sugar Shot To Space   Posted on: Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:52 pm
The Delft Stratos II launch has been delayed a few times today they now seem to be aiming for a launch in about 25 mins live streaming on the webpage in ricks post above

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Post Re: Sugar Shot To Space   Posted on: Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:28 am
Very busy weekend. Saturday we had our second successful static firing of our new booster motor at the FAR site. We had a visit by engineers from SpaceX and XCOR that assisted me loading the motor on the test stand...it was a pleasure working with them. We will static fire one additional time before flying it solo. At the conclusion of this, it will be used to power our already tested sustainer for our first 2-stage flight (we have suspended work on the single stage 'Dual Pulse' motor).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/48721294@N08/16736464476/in/photostream/

Sunday I drove out to Lucerne Valley where two of the college teams I mentor successfully launched their NASA USLI rockets. The Citrus College Rocket Owls were first to fly with a perfect launch and recovery.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/48721294@N08/16761298842/in/photostream/

Next the tean from Cal Poly Umbra Nsl launched their USLI rocket. Despite a hard landing (everyting recovered intact and ready to fly again) I was impressed the speed brakes survived. They were constructed of carbon fiber and designed to retract after the main chute is deployed.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/48721294@N08/16761310312/in/photostream/

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Post Re: Sugar Shot To Space   Posted on: Thu May 07, 2015 10:51 pm
This past Saturday (May 2) at the FAR site, I launched our sustainer for the 2-stage Sugar Shot, the flight and recovery were nominal and was the first 'official' SS2S launch since the MiniSShot-II broke apart ging nearly mach 2 at 20,000' three years ago. Next month we are planning to launch it atop the booster that we have now successfully static fired three times.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/48721294@N08/17385538906/

After the successful recovery (using visual and gps) we static fired my new LOX motor three times on two different fuels. I was surprised at how easy the motor was to build using off the self components from McMaster Carr and my own machining of tank, combustion chamber, injector head, bulkheads, nozzle, etc.

I built it flight ready for a 'client' from just a sketch so being my first, I was on pins and needles during the countdown. We were so pleased with the two planned firings, we refilled and fired a third time before the sun set.

I want to thank my friends at the FAR site, some of the absolute best people I've ever met, for assistance with the site preparations. The FAR site has to be the best amateur rocketry site in the world. On the same day, we had several students from two different universities there also prepping their projects. And all for $35 a year for the use of the site and equipment and a 50,000'+ available waiver.
For information http://www.friendsofamateurrocketry.org


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