Tuesday, April 29, 2008

USC Rocket Launch

Here is the video that I took this past weekend of USC's rocket. I placed the camera about six feet away from the launcher pointing towards the sky. It was two stages and got a bit squirrely at booster burn out. The booster was a P-class motor expected to deliver an average thrust of 1300 lb and the sustainer was an L-class motor. I didn't hear about the recovery. You can find out more about the USC rocket propulsion lab by clicking here.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Weekend Rocket Activities

This past weekend was full of rocketry. First off I was able to see the fifth Sugar Shot motor test over at the FAR site. Look for more details and photos on the Sugar Shot site as the post test information is reviewed and analyized. My photos of the firing can be seen here.

It was also one of the busiest Reaction Research Society launches over at the RRS site that I've been to in a while. In talking with some of the other members I found out that their online gallery area has had a number of additional photos added recently. I haven't checked it out yet, but I suspect there are some great photos there. You'll have to register to view the galleries, but that's simple enough to do. Some of the highlights of the day were seven successful Zn/S rockets flown by a group of middle school kids. A static test of a film cooled 4000lb thrust engine. USC flew a large two-stage rocket. A Zn/S rocket with two nozzles at the top. I also had a good test of a 600lb thrust motor that I will be posting details of in the weeks to come. All of my photos of the RRS activites can be seen here.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Blog maintenence/missing photos

I recently activated my Picasa web album which is were the images uploaded to Blogger are stored. In an attempt to clean up some duplicate images in that album I inadvertently broke a bunch of photo links to some in my earlier posts. I think I've got them all fixed now.