Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Admiral Gorshkov

Our basic water rocket is named after Admiral Sergey Gorshkov, who is credited with the phrase "'Better' is the enemy of 'Good Enough'" (wikipedia). And our rocket certainly could be 'better'. The beat up fins are evidence of the many hard landing and water soakings while "fueling" that The Admiral has had. It had many flights with a "gravity" parachute deployment system (basically a cap that was meant to fall off at apogee). Out of ten flights, the gravity deployent system worked three times (not an impressive record). Other people have been able to "tune" their gravity system to a better success rate. We shall see if the Arduino based flight computer does any better. (The picture is with the prototype Arduino system, more on that later...)

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