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Launch of Sub-scale Rocket

posted Nov 17, 2011, 3:47 PM by Jane Hoffswell
On Saturday November 12, I drove into the desert with the majority of the HMC USLI team to attend a rocketry launch and complete the launch of our sub-scale rocket. We departed very early in the morning, and arrived at the site about the time the sun was coming up. It was a bit chilling and there was a tiny amount of rain, but as the day progressed, it ended up being perfect weather for a launch. For the first launch of the day, the main parachute deployed prematurely at apogee. Upon retrieving the rocket, we checked the flight electronics and made sure that they were programmed to the proper setting. For the second sub-scale launch, we had perfect deployment of the main parachute by the flight electronics, thus verifying the system. At this point, we spent the remainder of the day at the launch watching and participating in some personal launches at the site (unrelated to USLI). Overall, it seemed like a very successful outing.