TelemetryPro System Tracks Flight to Over 118,000 Feet!
Photo by Rick Clapp
Neil Anderson and Steve Cutonilli flew the TelemetryPro tracking system to over 118,000 feet in a two-stage rocket at the BALLS-23 launch held at the Black Rock desert in Nevada on Sept. 20, 2014. It was an absolutely flawless flight! It was successfully tracked all the way up and back down again with the TelemetryPro system.
This photo shows liftoff from the 32 foot launch rail.
Rocket Name: "A Money Pit"
Construction: Carbon fiber, 98mm diameter airframe
Booster motor: CTI N5800
Sustainer motor: CTI N1560
Weight: 105 pounds (ready to fly)
Max altitude: 118,638 feet (above ground level)
Max velocity: 2.88 Mach
Max acceleration: 15.9 G's
Landing site: 7.8 miles from the launch pad
Total flight time: 11 minutes, 21 seconds
Press play on the player below to listen to the recorded commentary generated by Kate (in real time) for the entire flight.
This image shows the flight trajectory recorded by TelemetryPro during the flight.
Download the Google Earth file and you will be able to view the trajectory from any angle. It gives a nice virtual 3D view of the entire flight. You can even zoom in and see the rocket swinging around a bit while suspended under the main parachute.
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 2809 feet/sec.
The audio from Kate was connected into the PA system at this launch so that everyone could listen to it during the flight.
Video by Heins Kim (2014)