BPS.space: More Silo Launches!

Video Caption: Both flights were on an Estes F15 rocket motor, about 15 min apart – first flight was set to maintain ejection orientation, second flight was set to pitch over 20 degrees on the ECEF X axis.

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FAR DPF Challenge

Friends of Amateur Rocketry (FAR) recently announced a new contest called the DPF Challenge, DPF standing for dollar per foot.

The goal is to launch a liquid-fuelled rocket as high as possible and recover it safely and intact, the prize, for every foot of altitude gained, the team will receive $1.

Only open to US and Canadian university teams, the rocket must launch from the FAR site and carry a payload. The challenge currently has no end date.

Read more here!

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SDSU Static Firing

Video Caption: On November 2nd, SDSU Rocket Project had a successful static hot fire of our Lady Elizabeth Rocket. We are now preparing for launch on November 16th!

Lady Elizabeth is dedicated to Elizabeth Jackson, the late wife of Dr. Richard Woodcock. Elizabeth Jackson was larger than life and an avid supporter of education and students. By supporting Rocket Project, she has allowed us to be innovative and create a learning environment that is unique, rewarding, and beneficial to not only students but the entire university.

The rocket will fly a LOX/LCH4 Engine designed for the FAR/Mars Launch Contest.

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DARE Test Composite Chamber Stratos IV Engine

The test was the first for the carbon fibre chamber, saving much-needed weight will enable Stratos IV to fly even higher!

The Hound Launch Report

TU Wien Space Team launched their “The Hound” rocket at this year’s Balls event, hoping to break the European amateur altitude record and also to reach space, unfortunately not all went as planned.

The rocket broke up at booster burnout, with two possible causes observed. An early apogee detection of the backup altimeter or a high aerodynamic force due to crosswind.

This was the second attempt to break the record, while the record still stands, the team aims to be back in 2020 with a revised rocket to try again.

You can read the full launch report and analysis here.