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Day 184 - Axion G6

Date: 28th January 2017
Location: Whalan Reserve, Australia
Conditions: Mostly Sunny, medium breeze, 30C
Members: PK, Paul K, John K and GK

Video Highlights

Axion G6 flights

Earlier this month we had a visit from Olivier who is a friend of Francois Herzig. Olivier brought one of Francois's rockets with him. He had travelled though Australia for several months and had the rocket with him the whole time. It wasn't until mid January that we were able to meet up. So we wanted to say a big thank you to both Francois for sending us his rocket and to Olivier from bringing it personally all that way. The video above shows details of the rocket.

We only did a couple of flights this week with the Axion G6 rocket again. The first flight went well at 200psi and had a good landing. On the second flight the rocket landed in the trees but only about 10m up so it wasn't completely out of reach. We spent some time throwing ropes over the higher branches to try to shake it loose. This partially worked and the rocket came down to about 6m. We then finally managed to get ropes over the correct part of the tree and shook it down from there. The on-board camera managed to capture most of the recovery procedure but after 40 minutes the camera stopped recording just short of the time that we pulled it down. No damage was done to either the rocket or the parachute and the rocket will fly again.

We're pretty happy with the performance of this rocket. It will be used in some up coming experiments that we have ready for next launch.

Flight Details

Launch Details
1
Rocket   Axion G6
Pressure   200psi
Nozzle   9mm
Water   1500mL + foam
Flight Computer   STII
Payload   HD Cam #16
Altitude / Time   ? feet / ? s
Notes   Good straight high flight. Parachute deployed right at apogee. Good landing.
2
Rocket   Axion G6
Pressure   200psi
Nozzle   9mm
Water   1500mL + foam
Flight Computer   STII
Payload   HD Cam #16
Altitude / Time   ? feet / ? s
Notes   Good straight high flight. Parachute deployed right at apogee. Landed in a tree and took about 1 hour to get down. Everything recovered in-tact.