Tom Rouse has successful two-stage flight to over 90,000 feet!
Tom Rouse flew the TelemetryPro tracking system to over 90,000 feet in his two-stage rocket at the BALLS-23 launch held at the Black Rock desert in Nevada on Sept. 19, 2014. It was an outstanding flight! It reached Mach 3.23. This is the highest velocity the TelemetryPro system has flown to date. The flight was successfully tracked all the way up and down and then safely recovered 2.4 miles away.
Rocket Name: "Anniversary Special"
Booster motors: Three N2400 research motors
Sustainer motor: One N2400 research motor
Max altitude: 90,476 feet (above ground level)
Max velocity: 3.23 Mach
Max acceleration: 13.4 G's
Landing site: 2.4 miles from the launch pad
Total flight time: 10 minutes, 51 seconds
Press play to listen to Kate's commentary generated (in real time) during this flight.
Launch photos courtesy James Donald
This image shows the flight trajectory recorded by TelemetryPro during the flight. This was an exceptionally vertical and very straight flight! Even the descent was virtually straight down from 90,000 feet to 40,000 feet. Below 40,000 feet it was in enough wind to drift it a couple miles to the west.
Download the Google Earth file to see a nice virtual 3D view of the entire flight from any angle.
Note: You will need to have Google Earth installed on your computer to view the file.
Note: This flight exceeded the maximum velocity limit for the GPS. (500 m/s or 1640 feet/sec.) Consequently, the GPS clipped the velocity reading and did not resume reporting accurate velocities until the actual velocity dropped back down below the limit. The TelemetryPro system has an accelerometer onboard and therefore can measure and report velocities higher than the GPS limit. The accelerometer reported the max velocity to be 3262 feet/sec.