After months of design, technical report construction, and manufacturing, the XSpace rocket, Fool's Journey, is complete! The rocket stands at about 8 feet tall and is now ready for launch. Unfortunately, the rain, snow, and cold of Upstate New York prevented the team from launching by their target of May 2019, even thought the rocket has been launch-ready for a month. The manufacturing phase was a great experience for new members, who got to have lots of hands-on experience with different materials and machine tools. Additionally, co-authoring the 30-page technical report, which explains the details of why the rocket is designed the way it is, is excellent preparation for reports that will be required for future competition rockets.
A Fool's Journey overview presentation with some calculations, as well as the technical report, are attached to this post.
Given the requirements for both Launch Initiative Space Race teams, XSpace has designed a rocket around the required Cesaroni 6 Grain XL motor casing. The team has decided to develop a rocket that will deploy a camera payload at apogee that will return to the ground separate from the main rocket body. The goal of this payload ejection is to capture 360 degree footage of the surrounding Upstate New York landscape, as well as a view of the main rocket body descending and deploying its main parachute.
The following are specifications for the current design of the XSpace competition rocket:
Key Design Features:
In addition to regular Saturday Launch all-member meetings, Space Race teams meet once a week to work on their independent rocketry projects.
Throughout the first few weeks of the semester, XSpace members have been familiarizing themselves with OpenRocket, which is Launch Initiative's primary rocketry design program. All members are encouraged to install the program on their computer because of its usefulness in running simulation on rockets that they will be working out throughout the year. Most members of the Space Race teams are also participating in the Level 1 program. For those with OpenRocket installed, Level 1 designs and simulations have been carried out to give new members an idea of what components are important in a model rocket and of just how powerful and L1 rocket is.
On Saturday, September 29th, several XSpace members were able to attend their first Upstate Rocketry Research Group (URRG) launch in Potter, NY. Going to the launch was a great experience to see some of the opportunities that being a rocketry association member opens up. New members were also able to witness some of the pre-launch procedures, such as installing motors, that take place before one's rocket goes on the launch rail.