Gene's L3 Project - "Main Event"
So for a rocket guy getting your L3 is like a mountener climbing El Capitan! I'm using this area to link to important docs and picture for my L3 project. It's been some time ago that I got this. Also there are many links to this page now from ther sizes.
Enjoy - Gene!
Document links that outline the project:
- L3 Design Document - This doc outlines my project design and specifications
- Rocksim Design File (right click to save, use RockSim to view)
- 01 - Composite centering rings.pdf
- 02 - Building the AV-bay.pdf
- 03 - Making the boat tail.pdf
- 04 - Make the aft thrust ring.pdf
- 05 - Make the composite fins.pdf
- 06 - Vacuum bag the lower airframe.pdf
- 07 - Fin Alignment Jig and Fin Slots.pdf
- 08 - Mounting the fins.pdf
- 09 - Mount the aft airframe.pdf
- 10 - Nosecone bulkhead and GPS Bay.pdf
- 11 - AV-Bay sled and electronics.pdf
- 12 - Finish the AV Bay caps and assembly.pdf
My L3 was March 14th at Snow Ranch - east of Stockton CA. Here are some flight files to view the results - which was perfect!
- G-Wiz HCX Flight File Download viewer from G-Wiz Partners website
- Google Earth GPS track (right click to save, use Google Earth to view)
- XLS Analysys of Google Earth file - curtosy of Tom Fetter
All results matched expected very close. The altitude was within 10% of what Rocksim predicted with 9526 feet measured. The main parachute was made by us (Fruity Chutes) with a measured descent speed of 17.5 fps. Predicted descent speed was 17.3 fps. The Fruity Chutes 24" Drogue measured descent speed was 50fps which was ideal.
A few photos of the finished product...
Liftoff! Snow Ranch, March 14, 2009
Courtesy David Flournoy
Photo Albums, website and videos featuring the Main Event
Main Event - The result, a successful flight
Photo courtesy David Flournoy
Main Event Parachute - 108" by 18 gores