Here is a quick update as there has been lots of stuff happening in the background but have had little time to do proper write ups on the main website.
Flight computers V1.7 and 2.0 are coming along well. We are developing two different ones at the same time with different capabilities. V1.7 is aimed at providing a very simple, inexpensive and small solution to parachute deployment. Focus is on least number of components in a lightweight package coupled with a single 3.7g servo and a small 6V battery.
V2.0 is a more advanced version offering expanded functionality over V1.6, with extension modules that are also suitable for pyro rockets. V2.0 also offers a much more flexible programing model capable of sequencing complex operations.
One of the main design criteria for these flight computers is that they can be fully configured in the field without any special external equipment like keypads, displays or a laptop. Both are now using surface mount devices for smaller footprints.
A lot of writeup time has been spent doing work on the website extension. This is mostly why there has been fewer updates on the main site. Currently the plan is to go live with the extension at the end of September. Some of the recent write ups will be available with the extension.
Acceleron V is currently resting until dad gets back from Europe. I've gone and given it a bit of a service clean such as the non-return valve that was showing signs of corrosion, and generally made sure that everything was in order. We need to take two cars full of equipment to the launch site and it takes both of us to set it up and launch it, so it will wait until he gets back.
The new rocket I want to fly this weekend (Sunday) is also close to ready. I'm using the Acceleron launcher, (without boosters) as it already has provisions for the 2 meter guide rail, as the rocket design does not allow us to use our regular launcher.
I've also been helping out with prototyping work for a paid rocket project which I can't post about yet, but it has been quite interesting and something different. This has also taken up quite a bit of my time over the last two weeks.
On top of that I am finally working again on the new bigger workshop under the house. I'm hoping the electrician will be able to come in this week for a quote for all the wiring, and then we can put up the wall panels and then it should start looking like a real workshop. :)