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)
Jimmy Franco flew a GPS-1 in his Dominator-4 to 15,575′ AGL with an M-1780 Blue Thunder. Launch was perfect, recovery had some mishaps but the vehicle was returned undamaged and ready to fly again!
Jimmy also included some new experimental recording electronics on-board; the audio file of the launch can be listened to here.
Keith Bawcum flew his Competitor-4 on a CTI M-3100 WT with GPS-1 onboard. Top speed was 1548 FPS (Mach 1.4) and apogee of 16,436′ AGL!
Jimmy Franco flew his Dominator-4 at the TCC February launch on an Aerotech L1170 to 14591.86′ MSL or 14,425′ AGL. The vehicle exceeded Mach and was also flying with new Real Flight Systems 10DOF IMU and AV recording electronics on board – stay tuned for more info on GPS-1 expansion products in 2016! [Flight Data]
Aaron Hagadorn flew his RX Vessel 1 on a K300 to 13,715′ AGL (13,813 MSL) at Tripoli Central California’s October Skies 2014 launch. Aaron flew with GPS-1 onboard, and a Basestation-2 groundstation for tracking. Flight was nominal and Aaron drove right to the vehicle after flight!Flight data here (KMZ) and here (NMEA).
At Tripoli Central California’s yearly DairyAire 2014 launch, Keith Bawcum flew his Competitor-4 on a 3 grain L1350 to 12,636 AGL (12740 MSL). Keith had a perfect flight and recovery and drove right to the vehicle after landing.