UP-GOER I Construction Begins

Up-GOER I Ejection SystemUP GOER I will be our new test bed rocket for experimental systems. We just began construction and expect it to be finished in two weeks. The configuration we will fly in June will test a new recovery system with a side ejected parachute, along with an active guidance system. Both will be integral components to SkyGuard. In this configuration we expect it to reach a modest 8,000ft.

Edit: The launch has been postponed until our organization has been unsuspended.    upgoSpecifications
Length              11′ 4″
Diameter          8.75″
Mass                 70lbs
Motor                M1939 (Aerotech)

HM 5.6 Hot Fire – Limited Success

With this test, we were expecting our first hot fire of HM 5.6, but we experienced a minor mechanical issue. The pneumatically actuated fire valve, which lets the nitrous flow into the combustion chamber, opened too slowly, preventing the motor from properly igniting. The valve will be inspected and repaired or possibly replaced with a pyro-actuated valve. Our goal is to have the hot fire completed by next weekend.

Succesful Cold Flow

We had a successful cold flow test of the HM 5.6 injector today. Our systems performed excellently overall with only a few minor hiccups. Using this data, we will be setting up for the hot fire test of HM 5.6 on Thursday.