I had my last final Thursday morning, and my train didn't leave until Saturday night, so I had a lot of time to spend working on this project. I got a significant amount of construction done, as you see in the photo on the left, and learned a lot!
Mostly, I learned how easy it is to forget one of the most important lessons of construction: it is infinitely easier to get it right in a CAD model than in real life!
I had a lot of trouble with the top piece you see there, the one that keeps all the motor holders in their correct orientations. I couldn't build the motor holders perfectly straight , so I had to oversize the holes on that top piece, and it doesn't look pretty.
I also saw that the CAD model for how to attach the camera would have been really difficult to implement in reality, so I moved the latches to the side of the body and latched it on there.
More, after the break:
The last few weeks have been busy with classes and senior design and otherwise stressing out, but with only two finals, I intend to start construction of the main rocket body this week and hopefully get some data from tests of the rocket motor to be able to predict range and altitude.
I'm going to try to develop a printed circuit board on which to mount the GPS. My friend Andy, who is in ECET (Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology), says he help me out with it and get a good deal from the PCB manufacturer which makes things a lot easier. I have the sketch on paper, all that remains is translating to a PCB program and ordering the chip
I've ordered some G-motors, and they should be arriving this week. Once I get them and figure out ignition requirements, I'm going to run a test that will both verify the ignition system, and get data on the rocket motor (i.e. thrust profile)
I'll keep the update short and stop it here. Hopefully I will have more to talk about by the end of the week.
Name: Nickolai Belakovski