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HARC Completes First Test Flights

Published by Cathleen Manville on Wed Aug 25, 2004 11:44 pm
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HARC The Alabama-based Team has concluded the first series of “on the pad” or “in-flight abort” flight tests with its modified sub-scale “Liberator” capsule.

HARC, the Alabama-based team, has concluded the first series of “on the pad” or “in-flight abort” flight tests with its modified sub-scale “Liberator” capsule. Although the design of the Liberator capsule is neutrally stable because of the forward mounted escape motor, HARC’s testing showed it still requires very small corrective reaction forces during the abort ascent. Continued testing on a ¼ scale capsule will demonstrate on-pad abort, hybrid escape motor, drag brake deployment, roll, pitch, yaw systems, guidance, and chute deployment for the Liberator design. In addition, the HARC X PRIZE Team has already developed the control system that will be used to control relay the status of the drogue and main parachute deployment, motor controls, drag brakes, capsule separation, etc via a full remote control uplink capability to accommodate their initial unmanned launches.

The team has also posted some new photos of the Liberator on their website. View it here.

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