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Flight Z-1


 

Basic Information

Name

Z-1

Launch date:

14 October, 2014

Rocket description

63.5mm airframe (plastic)

4 fins, birch plywood

aluminum conical nosecone

2 ft. circular parachute

Payload

Raven altimeter

Liftoff mass

 

Flight objectives

- Conduct first flight of Zeta rocket

- Test new recovery system

 

Motor details

Motor name

A-100M

Propellant

KNSB-S (w/surfactant)

Grain mass

111 grams

Nominal impulse

130 N-sec

Class

G

 

Weather conditions

Temperature

10°C

Wind

S 10 km/hr

Sky

mixed sun & cloud

Other

-

 

Launch Event Description

Setup went well with no glitches. Clear sky confirmed, countdown commenced, and shortly after zero count, rocket rose rapidly skyward. After a few seconds, while the rocket was still rapidly coasting skyward, a ‘pop’ heard from ejection charge, followed by a second ‘pop’. Chute deployed and rocket drifted downward, with some oscillation. Upon landing, Raven beeped out apogee at 330 feet.

 

Flight Analysis

Event:

Time (sec)

feet

metres

Apogee

unknown

330

100

Separation

unknown

-

-

Main deployment

unknown

-

-

Touchdown

unknown

-

-

Range

 

114

35

Descent rates:

ft/sec.

m/sec.

 

Free-fall

unknown

-

 

Main parachute

unknown

-

 

 

Post-flight analysis and comments:

Apogee was significantly lower than expected. The backup apogee charge had not fired. Raven had confirmed, prior to flight, that all 3 charges were connected. Also, there was no Raven data captured. According to Adrian Adamson, who produces the Raven, there was a transient data recording problem. The exact cause of these anomalous events became clearer after flight Z-3.

 

Raven baro and accelerometer graph:  none available

 

Photos:

Rocket for Flight Z-1 on pad prior to launch                                          Z-1\DSCF3278.JPG

Liftoff                                                                                                             Z-1\DSCF3284.JPG

 

Videos:  none available

 


Last updated

Last updated March 2, 2015

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