Launch 27/7/2011 | bert simons
Launch 27/7/2011

wednesday 27 th of July I will launch my rocket RKT1. Live streaming from launch site 'Loonse en Drunense heide' will be avalaible here..estimated time of launch 15:00 local time. for last information check my facebook account

update 27/7 21:00

Unfortunatly due to a bad G3 connection The life feed was very bad and only a couple of frames got true. Apologies to anyone who might have tuned in..

 

Despite this little setback..we had a succesfull launch!

(click on the pics (by Jose Krijnen) for a bigger image)

update: 03/08/2011

I added a little movie of the launch, it's the last thumb..

 

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RKT1's electronic systems and software code being tested a day before the launch
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SAMSUNG
RKT1's electronic systems and software code being tested a day before the launch
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SAMSUNG
I promised a live feed but due to a very bad connection ( probably jammed because next to a military range) this kind of failed..
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preparing the parachutes
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img_9031
Carefully carrying the armed missile to the launch site
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SAMSUNG
pressurizing the rocket
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collages
Because I had to launch by hand I accindently broke the release system for the big parachute which was at the bottom of the rocket.. but fortunatly the small parachute did function..
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descent
lift-off...Yeay!  In the rush to launch before the rain would start I didn't check my checklist and forgot to clean the sand from the launch mechanism.. it jammed and I had to launch by hand..dangerously close to the blast zone!
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when RKT1 hit the ground the big parachute popped out and towed the rocket several hundreds meters..this actually caused the only damage to the rocket
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SONY DSC
and was not caused byu the landing itself but caused by the parachute dragging the rocket away over the sandplane.
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video of the launch