Monday, July 15, 2013

Launch Report: Test Flight with 7 Onboard Cameras Sets Unofficial World Record

On Novermber 25, 2011 U.S. Water Rockets was finishing some development work on our newly invented Axial Deploy Parachute Recovery System, and modifications to our Free MSP430 LaunchPad based ServoChron Servo Parachute Deploy Recovery System.  To document all of the tests, we needed to attach multiple onboard cameras to the rocket.
We decided that we had a accumulated a large number of cameras over time, and it would be fun to try and set a record for the highest number of cameras on a single launch.

The B-2 Water Rocket was test flown with an unofficial word record of 7 onboard cameras, and while the flight did not go as planned, the cameras recorded the entire chain of events, which allowed us to diagnose and correct the issue. Plus, the flight did succeed in setting the unofficial world record.

The Launch Report and accompanying documentary video containing all of the details of the launch and the results of the flight, including failure analysis and data logs can be found at the following link:

Note: The Launch Report article linked above also contains the video proof of the unofficial record.