Make sure to head over to BPS.Space and purchase one of these cool little flight computers that enable you to fly with thrust vector control!
Signal R2: https://bps.space/signal
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BPS recently tested out a new experimental rocket motor from Aerotech, a G8ST. Producing an average thrust of 8.3N for 17.7s, this was the perfect motor for testing the in-house designed and built Signal avionics TVC package.
Revision 2 of the avionics is now available to buy, so if you are wanting to take your rocketry to the next level, you’ll need this package to guide you!
Video Caption: FLIGHT DATA: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/…
A quick note: While the motor did melt the PLA tube holding it, the rest of the TVC assembly(outer/inner gimbal, servos, linkages) were unaffected. Since the heat of the motor was so intense, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to mitigate it using more liners than were already there. The same goes for using most other plastic FDM materials. For now, we’ll probably cut the burn time down a bit and make sure users have access to extra motor mount tubes, should one of them melt. The motor tubes are incredibly easy to manufacture and replace, and the priority right now is ensuring Signal’s software and UX are top notch.
Joe Barnard of BPS.space recently presented at the National Association of Rocketry annual technical conference in Houston on his efforts building and flying his own guidance computers and rockets.
Video Caption: The Friday evening keynote from NARCON 2018 in Houston, TX. Event and Q&A hosted by James Duffy.
A model Falcon Heavy with landing gear, gimbaled engines and a flight computer that will enable it to propulsively land! Yep you read right!
No better way to test the avionics than on a three core booster, complete with hold down clamps and all!
Looking forward to seeing this fly!
Signal Alpha is now available from BPS (albeit you will have to wait till the new year for the next shipment). Not sure what Signal Alpha is? Well, in short, it is a thrust vectoring kit for model rockets and has a huge cool factor!
(Read more about it here)
To go along with your purchased kit, Joe of BPS has made the below instructional videos to help you set up and fly your first guided (finless) rocket. Unfortunately, it is not available outside of the USA (yet!), but if you are there I suggest jumping on the next batch and take your model rocket flying to the next level!
Watch the video’s below, it looks like a lot of fun to be had, kinda jealous until I can grab one!
Video Caption: Rocket stabilized by Signal Avionics: https://www.bps.space/signal/
Two great flights! The second flight had lots of wind to fight against, hence the wiggle near the end. The nose cone was 3D printed, and the stress of chute ejection broke the plastic connecting it to the shock cord.
Joe Barnard of BPS has just released his Signal Avionics flight computer and it is full of cool features that any amateur rocketeer has been waiting to see!
This is no normal flight computer, Signal Alpha is a full thrust vectoring kit which essentially enables you to fly your rockets with gimbaled engines and no fins! Imagine the possibilities now open to you for experimentation in your park.
Joe does a much better job explaining all the features in the video below but for USD$299 you cannot go wrong for what this little board can do.
I look forward to it being ITAR friendly so I can get my hands on this gem!