Monday, November 19, 2012

SStS Motor Work Update

I've nearly completed the work on the MidBulkHead modifications, all I have left to do is to countersink the 24 holes on the outside edge.  This draft of the motor design shows how the CSD or disk is held by the MBH.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sugar Shot motor work

I've begun work on modifying some existing hardware for a new SStS motor. This design will incorporate a new non-pyrotechnic device to separate the two motor chambers.  In theory the Chamber Separator Disk has a number of benefits over the pyrotechnic "plug".  This document explains the concept and you can see some of the analysis  that Ben Brockert has been working on here.  Pretty simple in theory.  This newest motor will also feature a return to the Bates grain configuration.  For more info on this motor and other recent updates, please check the Sugar Shot weekly activity reports located at the top of this page.

This is the modified MidBulkhead showing the area that the CSD will be retained.

I've begun indexing the new screw locations and will then have to drill and tap them before moving to the next task which is modify the existing motor casing.