Monday, October 11, 2010

Sounding rocket footage - Soarex and others


"View from the on-board camera of the Waverider payload after ejection. The NIACS attitude control system (ACS) designed by NSROC can be seen firing its thrusters and spinning-up as part of its stabilization process. From the SOAREX III launch, a project from NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA which tests atmospheric reentry concepts from sub-orbital sounding rockets."


"Part of the SOAREX program from NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. Launched from White Sands, NM."


"NASA SOAREX 7 (condensed) launch video from Wallops Island, VA on May 28, 2009. This was a test of a prototype "TDRV," or Tube Deployed Reentry Vehicle designed and built by NASA Ames Research Center. The TDRV is unique in that it has a deployable, flexible heatshield and utilizes a revolutionary geometry which is entirely self-stabilizing, requiring no alignment or spin-stabilization prior to entry. At 15 seconds, TDRV ejection is seen from the rocket. At 22 seconds, the view switches to TDRV onboard video, and shows the vehicle passively go from a tumbling state to stable nose-down entry."


"NASA video showing several of the agency's high-speed hypersonic projects. The video begins with the HyBoLT and SOAREX experiments lost when the rocket booster veered of course on August 22, 2008 and was destroyed. The video ends with a hypersonic windtunnel run of the SJX61-1 scramjet that will power the X-51 hypersonic demonstrator when it flies in late 2009."

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