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.

BPS.space Signal R2 Back on Sale

Signal R2 from BPS.space is a small onbaoard flight computer that is designed to keep your rocket going straight up…with thrust vector control (TVC) that is!

Signal Flight Computer (Credit: BPS.space)

This new leap forward in model rocketry allows you to push the boundaries on what you thought was possible, you may even find yourself attempting to propulsively land your rocket like SpaceX does!

Sales are open to November 20th, 2019, so get in quick and purchase it here!

Stratos III In-Flight Failure Investigation Paper

Students from Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering recently presented their failure investigation paper into the anomaly that occurred during their Stratos III rocket launch last year at the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) conference this year.

The rocket experienced an inertial roll coupling before disintegrating in flight at Mach 3 and 10km in altitude. Rather than explain it all here, click the paper below!!

(Good to see student teams carrying out a thorough analysis and sharing it, I wish more would be open and sharing)

BPS.space: Echo Landing Test #5

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Nucleus Launch Series

Stepping away from the amateur side of things but this video series on Nammo’s launch of their Nucleus sounding rocket is pretty cool and worth a watch.

The 30kN thrust, 356mm dia hybrid rocket uses hydrogen peroxide and HTPB fuel, and flew to 107.4 km in September of 2018, making it the first hybrid rocket to reach space.

Students Space Association at Warsaw University 18.5 km Rocket Launch

The team broke the amateur rocket altitude record for Poland set at 12.3 km. The 7.5 kN thrust rocket motor burnt for 3.5 seconds sending to rocket 18.5 km in altitude. Although the parachute did not deploy the team was still able to retrieve full telemetry for the duration of the flight.