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Micro-Space 16th liquid fuel rocket

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Sat Oct 22, 2005 4:36 pm
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Press release: Micro-Space made modest progress Sept. 18, 2005, launching our 16th liquid fuel rocket at the Black Rock Desert. This was a good flight, straight up with normal parachute recovery. A procedural error, however, reduced the sustainer motor thrust and produced a flight comparable to our 2003 efforts, rather than the better results of the four recent flights.

This flight did, however, have a bidirectional radio link, with a rocket control radio channel in addition to our normal telemetry channel. Simultaneous, non-interfering radio transmission and reception is understandably difficult, but has been achieved with this and other Micro-Space radio systems. Control modes were not implemented for this flight, but operational data was collected.

Another disappointment is that a liquid fuel sustainer designed for higher thrust failed to develop full power when ignited, Sept 17, and this flight was terminated on the pad. Since our system uses full power run-up before commitment to flight, this rocket was preserved and refueled for the flight the next day. Static tests will be run to perfect the high thrust modifications before further flight efforts with this motor version.

For more information, visit the official Micro-Space forum.

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