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.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Shadow Launcher work

We’ve had a busy week in the workshop working on the Shadow. We’ve been mostly focusing on getting the launcher complete, so we can pressure test it and the rocket. We want to test the pressure chamber before we attach the payload bay and fins, because if it bursts, it would be wasted effort. However, we can only test the pressure chamber with the launcher.

The latest set of updates with photos is available here:
http://www.aircommandrockets.com/shadow.htm#_061111


Here is a progress photo of the launcher release mechanism. This launcher is being built for 500+ psi pressures.

3 comments:

Doug said...

Hey George,

Looks like your on the finishing straight with the shadow =] Cant wait to see what it does, hope all goes well during testing.

Regards Doug

Doug said...

Oh I forgot to ask did you use soft or Silver Solder?

-Doug

George Katz said...

Thanks Doug, we too are keen to see what will happen. The worst that can happen is that it will just sit on the pad and leak. Explosion, crash, or a good flight are all the better alternatives :)

We just used regular solder for soldering the components together. Much easier to work with, and means we can keep some components cool while soldering the others.