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.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

2 great flights, 2 crashes

We had an overall great day at NSWRA's launch event on Saturday. We got to fly the newly rebuilt Polaron VIb rocket that hadn't flown since May last year. Both flights were almost perfect with very nice vertical flights, and no spin which made for great stable ascent video. Although we had tested the bottles to 130psi, we only launched at 120psi to be on the safe side. During testing earlier in the week, we had 3 out of 4 spliced-pairs leak. So only the bottles that had withstood the full 130psi were used in the rocket. We were very happy with the performance of the rocket, and were glad that the stability improving changes we made had been effective.

While other NSWRA members were drilling holes in the clouds (literally) with their impressive pyro rockets we were busy taking core samples near the launch pad. One was the FTC rocket and the other was Axion II. Full details of the crashes will also go in the update.

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