Launch Vehicles

Rockets PSAS has built and flown

List of rockets:

Why “LV”?

LV stands for Launch Vehicle, just a fancy name for “rocket”. Each vehicle is numbered in order that we built it. The major number are the class of rocket. For instance every “LV2” rocket is of the same design (with minor adjustments or additions). Each minor division is a build of that design.

In total PSAS has built 5 rockets. Most have flown many flights over the years. LV2.3 was our work horse rocket for 7 years.

LV0

LV0

Length 1.83 m
Empty Mass 5.53 kg
Airframe Materials Cardboard w/ 3 layers fiberglass
Recovery:  
- Payload 1.2 m parachute
- Body 0.9 m parachute
Max Altitude 0.3 km
Flights 1: L-0

No flight sequencing computer. Separation and recovery handled by chemically timed motor ejection charge.

LV1

LV1

Length 3.35 m
Empty Mass 20.8 kg
Airframe Materials Carbon fiber body, fiberglass payload section
Recovery:  
- Payload three 1 m parachutes
- Body  
Max Altitude 3.7 km
Flights 2: L-1, L-2

Flight sequencing handled by Flight Computer PIC, 2 stage recovery handled by Interface Plate PIC

LV2.0

LV2.0

Length ? m
Empty Mass ?
Airframe Materials Modular aluminum body sections, fiberglass aeroshell
Recovery:  
- Payload ?
- Body ?
Max Altitude 5.5 km
Flights 2: L-3, L-5

LV2.1

LV2.0

Length ? m
Empty Mass ?
Airframe Materials Modular aluminum body sections, fiberglass aeroshell
Recovery:  
- Payload ?
- Body ?
Max Altitude 0 km :(
Flights 1: L-4

LV2.2

LV2.2

Length 3.35 m
Empty Mass ~20 kg
Airframe Materials Modular aluminum body sections, fiberglass aeroshell
Max Altitude 5.0 km
Flights 7: L-6, L-7, L-8, L-9, L-10, L-11, L-12

LV3.0?

What will the next rocket be like? Preliminary LV3 design.