Monday, September 27, 2010

Rocket flight to 72,000 feet

I do not have much information about this rocket, called Proteus 6.5, this was first posted at TRD. Video footage would be great, but I understand this flight did not happen too long ago.

Looking at the image from near apogee, that lake looks very much like Pyramid Lake. If so, and assuming this is pretty much still over Black Rock proper, the view extends to well over 30 miles. Indeed most of the horizon here is probably in California.

Regular readers may remember Proteus 6, launched about 2 years back, to about the same altitude (or perhaps more, up to 80,000 feet.) The implication was that the P6 came home ready to fly again. I am not certain if parts of P6 were used here or not.

(Proteus 6)


"Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The Proteus 6.5 rocket was launched from the Black Rock dry lake bed in northwest Nevada on 9/25/2010. Photo: Scott Kormeier. BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nevada USA — On Saturday, an amateur rocket built by Curt Newport and Loki Research's Jeff Taylor soared in excess of 70,000 feet into the brilliant blue Nevada skies above the Black Rock Desert floor just outside of the town of Gerlach.

Dubbed the Proteus 6.5, the minimum diameter P-motored flew to an altitude of 72,000 feet and was successfully recovered due to the use of modern tracking technology.

On board were GPS telemetry electronics as well as a video camera, the results of which will be featured in an upcoming issue of ROCKETS Magazine, the sponsor of the on board video camera. The video of the flight will also be made available on the ROCKETS Magazine BALLS19 DVD set when it is released.

"There are many people Curt and I want to thank," Jeff Taylor said in his announcement. "Thanks to Dave Leininger and his cohorts for vital assistance with the launch pad. Thanks to Darren Wright for use of his tracking transmitter. And a big thanks to Steve and Janice Hamblin for putting us up in Reno. I'm sure I'm leaving some people out, but know that your assistance was appreciated and I will thank you more properly after I recover a bit."

This is a still image taken from the on-board video during the flight of the Proteus 6.5 rocket at approximately 72,000 feet ASL. A still image taken from the Proteus' in-flight video near the 72,000 apogee shows a breath taking view of space and the curvature of the earth. The large body of water visible in the image at the lower right is Pyramid Lake. The on-board GPS telemetry payload transmitted position data during the flight and made recovery of the rocket quite easy.

The Tripoli Rocketry Association's BALLS launches are considered the premiere experimental rocket launches in the continental United States, held in the wide expanse of the Black Rock Desert, near Gerlach, Nevada. This year's event, held September 24th-26th, 2010, brought together dedicated rocketry enthusiasts devoted to the leading edge of non-professional experimental rocketry."

The Rocketry Planet


Paul and Judy Good said...

Hi Curt,
how are you doing. Fired any more rockets lately? I am now part of a firework display team. Big boy chinese stuff! Are you on Facebook? Some of the old gang are there now. Bill Wall, Roy Truman to name a couple (as well as me of course)
Paul Good

R2K said...

Not sure who Curt is! But glad that you are a reader. We are not doing fireworks here.