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Pre-Flight Briefing #1

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Team Name: Preston Rockets

Available Funds: 30,000

Vehicle Name: RickRock Mk. 1

Parts and Costs:

  • S1 SRB-KD25K "Kickback" Solid Fuel Booster (2700) -50% = $1350
  • Mk. 1 Command Pod ($600)
  • Mk. 16 Parachute ($422)
  • Heat Shield (1.25m) ($300)
  • TR-18A Stack Decoupler ($400)
  • AD-R8 Winglet (640) x3 = $1920

Total: $4,992

Design Goals: Vehicle is designed to reach 50km manned and land safely.

Launch Goal: Successful liftoff and ascent from the ground. Safe return to surface after reaching 50km.

Pilot Plan: Reach 50m at 90 degree angle, then tilt to 75 degrees, decouple thruster when out of fuel, ready parachute.

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Post Flight Briefing

Preston Rockets

Launch Time: 10:56

Team:

  • Sean - Pilot
  • Nisa - Reporter
  • Nathan
  • Justin

Play by play:

  • Launched rocket straight up
  • tilted to a 70 degree angle at 100 meters
  • continued ascending until 50km, when we detached thrusters
  • reached a max height of 120000km
  • began descent, overheated, and parachute burned up and crashed

Screenshots:

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Time of Flight: 23 Minutes

Summary: In our first launch we hoped to reach our first goal, a height of 50km, and were successful in this part of our plan. We reached a maximum height of 120,000km but upon reentry burned out our parachute and were unable to land safely, killing a Kerbal. In our next launch we will alter our flight path by easing into a smaller angle at a slower rate. additionally we will remodel our rocket to have more stability.

Opportunities/Learnings: Angles matter significantly, need thrusters to counteract acceleration back into atmosphere

Strategies/ Project Timeline: Financial Loss, a learning experience, will put more effort and research into next launch

Milestone Awards Presented: None

 

Obituary: A Reminiscent Haiku

Upon re-entry,

Valentina Kerman died.

Parachute perished.

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Pre-Flight Briefing #2:

 

Team Name: Preston Rockets

Available Funds: $25,008

Vehicle Name: Crash Mk. 2

Parts and Costs:

  • Mk. 1 Command Pod ($600)
  • Mk. 16 Parachute ($422)
  • Heat Shield (1.25m) ($300)
  • TR-18A Stack Decoupler ($400) x 2 = $800
  • RT-10 "Hammer" Solid Fuel Booster ($400) x2 -50% = $400
  • Delta Deluxe Winglet ($600) x 3 = $1800
  • Mk12-R Radial-Mount Drogue Chute ($150) x 3 = $450

Total: $4772

Design Goals: Designed to have an equivalent ascent, but a smoother and safer reentry. Using more parachutes and altering flight plan.

Launch Goal: To have successful launch and landing after reaching 50km.

Pilot Plan: Upward ascent to 50 m/s and begin tilting to 70 degrees, First decouple at 15km, Second decouple at 40km, Launched parachutes just over 400 m/s

Screenshots:

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Post Flight Briefing #2

Preston Rockets

Launch Time: 10:59

Team:

  • Nate-Pilot
  • Nisa
  • Nathan
  • Justin

Play by Play:

  • Launched first stage and began tilt to 70 degrees @ 15km
  • First decouple when furl ran out
  • Second decouple at 35km
  • Max Height at 126km
  • Began descent
  • Deployed parachutes at about 400m/s

Time of Flight: 29 minutes

Summary:

Our rocket was able to reach our goal of 50km, and landed safely. we reached a max height at 126km, and deployed parachutes at a speed of 400m/s, which allowed us to land safely. for our next flight, we would like to build a new rocket in order to enter orbit.

Awards collected: award for reaching 10km, award for reaching 10 km manned, and award for reaching 50km manned 

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