Steve Shannon wrote:Reddit has it wrong. Our moratorium certainly doesn’t affect all university “EX” launches (which we refer to as Research launches). It only affects those flights which are classified by the US Federal Aviation Administration as Class 3, meaning those with greater than 40,960 Newton seconds of installed impulse, and it has no direct relationship to whether the motors installed in a rocket are Research or not.
It also only affects Class 3 flights by university teams at Tripoli launches
. Any University team can attempt a Class 3 launch throughout the remainder of 2018 as long as it's NOT at a Tripoli event.
I read that y'all had released your report into the VT staging incident at BALLS Steve. Has the incident report for Friday's event been completed? And would you be willing to share these incident reports with the AMRS? My understanding is that you were going to share them with NAR, CAR, UKRA, etc. I could be wrong though.
You’re correct on al counts. Nothing in the a Tripoli moratorium prevents a student group from obtaining their own Class 3 COA and launch site to fly their own rocket.
I sent the OLVT report to Dave Couzens on October 12. Is that not the right place? I didn’t receive a response from him, so perhaps it’s in his spam bin?
The report for the Friday incident was released first. I thought I sent that to Dave also, but I just checked and I didn’t.
The conclusion was that static electricity most likely ignited the copper thermite used for head-end ignition in the motor when the eyenut on the parachute harness touched the all-thread screwed into the forward bulkhead of the motor.
For the OLVT incident, the students worked aggressively to assemble a large two stage rocket with the accelerometer based staging electronics turned on. The sustainer motor (no thermite) lit and sent the sustainer flying horizontally. When the motor struck the playa it catoed.
Steve Shannon, P.E.
President, Tripoli Rocketry Association