Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tutorial: Now to strengthen your Payload Electronics for rough launches and landings

Our latest tutorial shows how we discovered that our rocket electronics had failed due to the shock and vibration forces from launching and landing, and the steps which we took to correct the failure.

During the course of fight testing our ServoChron Servo operated Parachute Ejection Electronics, we had a mysterious failure that was traced to minor damage of the MSP430 LaunchPad Printed Circuit Board. We were able to diagnose the failure and traced it to the source and then designed this method to prevent future mishaps of this nature.

This tutorial shows our technique using an MSP430 LaunchPad, but we also use this technique on other rocketry electronics. The same method can be applied to altimeters and accelerometer boards or radio control receiver boards, as well as boards you may have built yourself like an Arduino project and similar projects.


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