A backdated post from USCRPL about the Fathom development campaign, as of right now Fathom II still holds the student altitude rocketry record of 144,000ft.
Read the full post here.
With the eventual goal of flying an 8 inch-diameter space-shot rocket (similar to our previous space shot attempts, Traveler I and Traveler II), Fathom was designed as a 6 inch-diameter subscale test. Designed to reach a maximum speed of Mach 4.5 and experience a maximum dynamic pressure of 11,000 psf, Fathom was intended to anchor and validate our aero and flight dynamics models for an eventual space-shot. The vehicle was also designed to test and qualify many of our other technologies, including our thermal protection systems. Scaling the design down from our future space-shot led to Fathom’s target altitude being set to 180,000 ft.
(As we already know, Traveler III was not recovered from its space shot attempt but work continues on Traveler IV.)
As well as designing the recovery systems for the upcoming Stratos IV flight, the team will get a chance to test their systems in the REXUS/BEXUS program, first flight in 2020.
From the REXUS/BEXUS website,
The REXUS/BEXUS programme allows students from universities and higher education colleges across Europe to carry out scientific and technological experiments on research rockets and balloons. Each year, two rockets and two balloons are launched, carrying up to 20 experiments designed and built by student teams.
Video Caption: Another successful static test on December 15, 2018 at the FAR site. Liquid Oxygen-Alcohol bi-propellant motor being developed at FAR. I shot the video from the safety of one of the eleven FAR bunkers
An awesome story from Motherboard about BPS.space and Joe Barnards attempt to propulsively land a model rocket!
Video Caption: Joe Barnard left his background in videography and music production to launch his life of amateur rocketry, and he shares his DIY adventures in building rockets on his YouTube channel BPS.space.
After he saw the launch and successful landing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, he knew that he wanted to do that too—so he took it upon himself to learn all he could about rocket science to get a job at SpaceX. Since then, many companies have come knocking at his door, but he’s decided to keep on forging ahead with his DIY endeavors to build, launch, and land fully functional scale rockets at a fraction of the cost and time of experimenting with real rockets.
Motherboard travels to Tennessee to meet with the rocketeer leading that charge for budding DIY rocket scientists around the world.
Check out Joe’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCILl…
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