This coming weekend is an exciting one! Several of our members will be at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry (FAR) launch site to test the first two rockets: Lexington and Saratoga. Lexington is built for speed to test the avionics system while Saratoga is built to size for the separator test.
The members that remain in SLO this weekend will run the CPSS booth at the Open House Club Showcase and the water bottle rocket launch activity. The Club Showcase booth will be as conspicuous as possible; we’re bringing the trailer down so we can set up the launch rail with the large Caution: Flammable rocket.
The first test rocket has been touched up and prepped for paint. Design of the second rocket, to test the parachute deployment system, has already started.
The trailer is nearing the test fire milestone. There is just 4 more tube bends to make and 2 fittings to install. After that, all that needs to be completed is the electrical. We are now waiting on just a few more parts to finally get the trailer fully operational. Over the next week the team will be finishing up the tasks outlined above as well as wiring the interconnects for the sensors. Assuming all goes to plan, next Saturday will be the full systems checkout for the trailer.
The trailer is on track to be completely assembled by this Saturday, with testing to begin next Saturday.
The first of several test rockets will also be assembled this Saturday. The individual components have been built over the past three weeks and will need to be assembled and painted before the launch (date TBD).