This blog covers the day to day progress of water rocket development by the Air Command Water Rockets team. It is also a facility for people to provide feedback and ask questions.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Katz Stager and new cameras

Katz Stager

While developing our regular rockets we have been working on a new staging mechanism in the background - the Katz stager. We normally don't release details of concepts until we test fly them, but since it's been a while that we've done an update I thought I'd include it. We have built a prototype and test fired it a number of times by hand, but it is still to fly and at full pressure.

The full details of the stager and photos of the prototype can be found here:

New video cameras

We have also bought a pair of FlyCamOne V2 video cameras this week. So far we are very happy with the functionality and performance of these cameras, and are looking forward to mounting them inside rockets and flying them. They can record video at 640 x 480 resolution @ 25fps with sound, which is not bad for a 37 gram package. Recording onto an SD card allows you to get up to 30 minutes of video. Compare that to our existing cameras that record 320 x 240 @ 15fps and can only capture 30 seconds of video.

The other nice feature is the optional external power supply, the swiveling lens+sensor for minimal drag in the air stream and external shutter contacts to allow a flight computer to trigger recording or take 1280 x 1024 pictures.


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Anonymous said...

this is amazing and also heres and idea on all two stage and non two stage rockets try and build a water rocket boat ive done some tests with single bottles only and they work pretty well.