Thursday, July 26, 2007

Forgotten Launch Footage

A few weekends ago I was going through some camera stuff and realized that I had some video from my last launch on April 28th that I had forgotten about. Actually, I hadn't forgotten about it but after viewing it immediately after the launch I realized that it was badly out of focus and decided that it wasn't all that interesting. The footage that I got from the on board camera was much more interesting. Seeing it again after three months though, it seems more interesting despite the poor video quality. The camera was placed at the base of the launch tower pointed along the tower axis. The resulting footage is fun to watch because it really gives a sense of how fast the rocket left the ground. I will probably try and capture this view again next time.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Nice Static Firing in Iceland

Congratulations to Magnus and friends. I saw that Magnus Mar Gudnason recently had a successful static test of his new design. Magnus and his friends have done some really nice work and I'm happy to see that he got a good test with this new motor. He has posted a lot of info on the Amateur Icelandic Rocketry forum, including drawings, photos of the assembly process, video, and results. Definitely worth checking out. I especially like that he is using a steel nozzle for this motor, for no good reason other than it looks cool. It seems like a lot of people opt for graphite when they get to larger sugar motors, I guess for the ease of machining. It should be an awesome flight when he's ready to fly it.