Scott Hertel and Guy Hardy flew their 17 foot 350 pound rocket named “8URKT” on an EX Q motor (115k nS) to 77,484′ AGL (81,383′ MSL) with GPS-1 onboard to claim the TRA altitude record for the single stage Q EX motor class! GPS-1 recorded the full flight profile from take-off to landing; the most interesting portion of the flight data shows the vehicle exceeded Mach at 1,654 AGL (5,553 MSL) and decelerated back to Mach at 63,568′ AGL (67,467 MSL); it then coasted on for another 10,017 feet to an Apogee of 77,484′ AGL (81,383 MSL) or 14.67 statute miles! Photos and data files below.
You can view the data files here.
Photos: Steve Jurvetson
RFS Co-Founder/Owner James Dougherty re-flew his Pegasus Mk-III on an AT N1000 at the TCC Independence Day 2016 (4th of Juplaya) launch in the Blackrock Desert with both GPS-1 and a RaspberryPi (RocketPi) onboard. James flew to an altitude of 46,434 AGL (48,731 MSL) with a top speed of Mach 1.8. Basestation-2 tracked the rocket throughout the flight and Raspberry Pi did full recording of HD 1080p30 at 10Mbps throughout the flight. Gigapixel Panorama view shown here facing S/SW toward Pyramid Lake with Reno to the South and Sacramento to the SW.
Flight details, data and other information available here. For more information on RocketPi, visit here.
Jimmy Franco flew his Powerslave on an AMW M2100 Red Rhino with GPS-1 to 11,532′ MSL (11,401′ AGL) at Tripoli Central California’s Dairy Aire 2016 (TCC-DA2016) launch. The GPS-1 tracked the vehicle throughout flight and recovery was 0.45 miles downrange (as below). Tracking was performed using a Basestation-2 during flight.
Jimmy Franco flew his Powerslave on an AT M1845 with GPS-1 to 12,038′ MSL (11,860′ AGL) a Tripoli Central California’s October Skies 2015 (TCC-OS2015). The GPS-1 tracked the vehicle throughout flight and recovery was 1 mile downrange (as below).
Dwain Desbien flew his minimum diameter rocket to 9,872′ AGL (12,056′ MSL) with GPS-1 onboard at the Tripoli Phoenix October launch. Dwain’s Basestation-1 receiver tracked the rocket from launch to landing. This rocket was a 3 inch minimum diameter rocket on a K1085. This was a test launch for the rocket and will go up November 21st on a big M so it should fly much higher.[Flight Data]
RFS Co-Founder/Owner James Dougherty flew his Pegasus Mk-III on an AT N1000 at the TCC Independence Day 2015 (4th of Juplaya) launch in the Blackrock Desert with GPS-1 onboard. James flew to an altitude of 45,552 AGL (48,729 MSL) with a top speed of Mach 1.8. Basestation-2 tracked the rocket throughout the flight and recovery only took 15 minutes as the vehicle landed ~ 1.5 miles downrange.
At the June 2015 TCC Launch Jimmy Franco flew his Dominator-4 with an L850 to 10,063 AGL with GPS-1 tracking on board. The vehicle reached a top speed of 1153.7mph and operated with a maximum temperature of 153.5F (675.C) during flight.
Max Altitude : 10,096′ AGL
Max speed: 1153.7mph (may be inaccurate)
Max temperature: 153.5 (67.5C)
Black rockets get very hot – can your GPS Handle this? [Flight Data]
(Lift-off Photo: Mike Smith)