The launch of Launch Vehicle No. 2.3 (LV2's third airframe) with PSAS' first Roll Control module took place at Oregon Rocketry's (OROC) "Summer Skies" launch. We launched on Sunday June 27th at 2:44pm on an Aerotech "N2000W" motor took us past Mach 1 and above 15,000 ft.
MORE SOON: We've posted some video, pictures and data from the flight on the launch data page. Watch there for more as we process it out.
South of Brothers, Oregon at Oregon Rocketry's flight line (Click here for a map of coordinates +43.79942 -120.65086). For more explicit directions, see Oregon Rocketry's directions page.
For lots of info about the rocket including models see our airframe page. Here is a simulation of what we think the rocket did:
We broke the sound barrier and made it to around 15,000 feet AGL—in 30 seconds! The trip back down on the parachutes took about another 4 minutes.
|7:00pm - 10:00pm||Tuesday 6/22||Final go/no-go decision on launch (depends on rocket and weather). We are GO, only depends on weather now|
|7:00pm - 9:00pm||Friday 6/25||Meet at Tim's house in Tigard: take down tower, pack up toy hauler as much as possible.|
|8:00am||Saturday 6/26||Meet at Tim's house in Tigard: Final checklists and coordination:|
|9:00am - 1:30pm||Saturday 6/26||Drive to Brothers, Oregon launch site (4.5 hour drive).|
|3:00pm - 7:00pm||Saturday 6/26||Set up in Brothers. Watch other rocket flights. TRA members fly L1 and L2 certification flights.|
|Evening||Saturday 5/26||Final prep, marshmallow roast, star viewing.|
|8:00am - 12:00pm||Sunday 6/27||Final prep, watch other rocket launches.|
|12:00pm - 2:00pm||Sunday 6/27||Target time for launch of LV2.|
|2:00pm - 4:00pm||Sunday 6/27||Recovery LV2, pack up, watch other launches.|
|4:00pm - Evening||Sunday 6/27||Dinner in Bend, return to Portland (4.5 hour drive)|
Who's going, when, and what car. Use this space for coordinating rides.
Note that because of the our huge trailer, we'll be taking I-5 south to 20 to Bend, rather than the more scenic Hwy 26 to 97 route.
- Andrew, with van, can take 3 people.
- Dave, in white compensator, can take 3 people.
- Dan, in black compensator, can take 3 people.
People who need rides:
- Nathan (and Lauren) - riding with Dan?
- Jeremy, Tim and Brenna
- People driving:
- People who need rides:
- You can camp out at the launch site, but you must observe OROC's site regulations.
- There are several hotels and motels nearby.
- Everyone needs to bring their own food.
- Maybe do pizza Saturday night?
- Everyone bring a little extra snack type things so there will be enough to go around.
So far, it looks like a beautiful weekend: it'll be sunny to partly sunny. Here's the current weather forcast for that area.
- Radios: Amateur band 146.430 MHz, FRS channel 5 and GMRS channel 5 (please bring spare radios)
- CAMCORDERS AND CAMERAS AND TRIPODS
- GPS (please bring spare GPS receivers)
- Binoculars (please bring spare binoculars)
- Sun!! hats, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Modified saw horses for the rocket
- Two awnings with sides and stakes
- Quiet-ish generator (Thanks Doug!)
- Yellow caution tape for coax to antennas + guy wires.
- Food and snacks
- Fire Extinguisher
- RA Drill (Sand screws)
- Climbing harnes
- 1/4 20 2" bolts and nuts
- Label maker
- TODO: rocket and GSE checklists.
- Flight Director Andrew
- Guidance Dan (roll control)
- FIDO Nathan
- Telemetry Keith
- LTO Dave - 2010-05-23 Launch SOPs
- RSO Bart
- Recovery Casey (Hams: Josh, Jamey, Andrew, Sarah, Ben, Dave, Bart, James?)
- PAO Jeremy (interface with OROC)
- ARTS2 guy: Dave
- Telemetrum guy: Keith
- Photo: Nathan and Ben and that guy with the camera
Motor: Dave interfaces with Justyn Palmer
Certs on Saturday: Andrew, Nathan, Bart, Ben, Casey, Jeremy, Dave, Dan, Doug