Sunday, March 4, 2007

Launch System Update

The Launch Team is currently constructing a ~1/4th scale model of the rocket in order to test certain aerodynamic factors. We acquired materials last weekend and plan to start construction Thursday, with the goal of being finished next Saturday. The model has the same surface materials and shapes as Aurora 1, and will be used to find the aerodynamic stability margin by using the wind tunnel.

The Launch Platform design and construction is on hold so that people on the launch team can work on finishing the rocket. I believe this is necessary due to the launch system's dependence on rocket characteristics and performance.

I bought a small utility trailer and intend to use it to bring components from the Fraser Valley to UBC. This will be used to get the hydraulic system from Grecon, and possibly other components.

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