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Awesome Day-Launcher Test Four2019-07-20 15:29:23Z
Unfortunately, I have not had any time to work on the video for this spectacular flight. I hope to process the video soon.
Lack of wind and beautiful atmospheric conditions with storms in the distance made for an ideal launch and visual aesthetic.
Launcher and dual deployment worked nominally. For the first time this year, no new code was being tested. While I will be doing some additional tweaking of the launcher code at some point, I have high confidence in what I have built and it's reliability.
Until more proven, here is my checklist:
All of this is performed after rocket and onboard Insane Rockets App is setup, but before the rocket is closed.
- On the rocket, as an extra safety measure, insure that pyro battries are powered off (I don't enable them until at the pad.)
- Connect a volt meter to pyro connection leads to the launcher.
- Setup and turn on launcher.
- From LCO command app, attempt to launch rocket.
- Insure that onboard flight computer starts video recording prior to countdown.
- Insure that volt meter shows voltage spike when LAUNCH is requested (after countdown reaches zero), for about 8 seconds.
- Power down launcher and bring to the pad.
- Unplug wire from launcher, bring rocket to pad, and follow normal launch procedure.
- The last step of normal launch procedure is to plug the wire into the launcher, about 20 feet from rocket.
On next launch, I hope to test a new bluetooth arduino module I am working on. This module will allow more freedom of location of phone verses where I have deployment circuitry. In the future, this module also gives flexibility to control servos too.
8th Launch with Dual Deployment controlled by phone. 4th Launch with phone controlling rocket ignition via 900MHz band.