Thursday, April 15, 2010
Loyal readers may remember a post from exactly 1 year ago today, all about the RRS Boosted Dart. This dart, boosted with an R motor, flew to about 50 miles, nearly hitting space (and it would have been the first by over 5 years.) Check out this initial post for videos from the flight, and a histogram showing the velocities and altitudes over time.
A PDF version of the magazine article, again one of my favorites, is now online:
Boosted Dart Article
This PDF has tons of info on how the motor was designed, tested, built, and also how the dart was made. The story is pretty exciting, including a high speed car chase towards the end. After the flight (and recovery), they go over the data and attempt to figure out the apogee.