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    Cutter Charges Tested

    posted Mar 9, 2012, 6:55 AM by Nathan Rigoni

    The CRW team has tested the Cutter charges that were manufactured in the shop last week. These charges allow for the deployment of the parachute on the Arion rocket. The completion of this test will allow the team to complete its full scale launch this coming weekend in Manchester TN.

    CRW Spends Time in the Machine Shop

    posted Mar 9, 2012, 6:52 AM by Nathan Rigoni

    During the course of designing and building the Arion rocket the CRW team has had the opportunity to take advantage of something that makes UAHuntsville a special university. That something is the Student Machine Shop/ Prototype Lab. Some of the students who make up the CRW team have taken a class in learning how to operate the machinery used in manufacturing many of the parts that they will go on to design for industry. This class gives them access to the shop and allows them to create what ever they can design. After having completed the class the students are allowed to continue access and to create parts that are designed for other competitions, classes, or other student activities. Access to this shop has been great part of how the CRW teams Arion rocket has been created. 

    CRW Reaches Out to Middle Schools, Science Olympiad.

    posted Mar 9, 2012, 6:45 AM by Nathan Rigoni

    A CRW team member assists in filling a competitors rocket with water.
    The CRW team spent the Saturday of 2/18/2012 reaching out to middle school students in order to teach them more about rocketry and the sciences. The CRW team hosted a water powered rocket competition where students from schools around the state could come and compete. The competition involves building a rocket out of a 2 liter bottle and filling the bottle with water. After the water is in the rocket the bottle is placed on the launch pad and pressurized to 30psi and then quickly released to fly. The pressure expelling the water give a mass flow rate out of the bottle which provides the thrust force that propels the small rockets toward the sky. 
        At least 60 middle school students participated in this portion of the Science Olympiad. The CRW team enjoyed the opportunity to spread the knowledge of science and mathematics to the younger generations. CRW thanks all the participants of the Science Olympiad. 

    Second Sub-scale Launch

    posted Feb 12, 2012, 5:43 PM by Nathan Rigoni   [ updated Feb 12, 2012, 5:45 PM ]

    Yesterday the CRW team completed a second sub-scale launch and attempted the first full scale launch of Arion. The sub scale launch was 100% successful with no failures on any component. The full scale launch, however, was not completed due to the failure of the rocket to pass pre-launch inspection testing. In the coming weeks the CRW team plans to mitigate these failures and attempt another launch. So that there is constant improvement on the rocket some parts will be changed in order to complete testing on the competition rocket before the USLI competition.

        The CRW team used its delayed full-scale launch to finish qualifying the CRW members in level one certification. 

    CRW Completes Revision 1 of Full scale Arion

    posted Feb 10, 2012, 6:41 AM by Nathan Rigoni

        Last night the CRW team completed the build of its first revision of the full scale Arion rocket (sub- named Outlaw). This version will mainly be used to test payloads and the recovery deployment scheme. Its first launch will be Saturday, Feb. 11. It also represents the meeting of a milestone for the group as they are now completely back on schedule with the competition. In some cases they are actually ahead of schedule. This is due to the immense effort put forth by the entire CRW team. 

    Congratulations to the entire team.

    CRW completes subscale launch of Arion

    posted Jan 28, 2012, 7:40 AM by Nathan Rigoni   [ updated Jan 28, 2012, 7:43 AM ]

        The CRW team completed the first subscale launch of the Arion rocket design. The launch was on 1/14/2012 and was completed in Childersburg, AL. 

        The Launch was considered a moderate success by the CRW team. During the flight Arion staged properly and the booster went unstable as predicted and expected. The concept of the boosted dart proved to be a viable method of transport, yet there was a failure in the structure of the bulk heads that secured the recovery system to the rocket. Upon recovery there was minor damage and the rocket has already been repaired. 

    Pic of Arion 3/4 scale launch

    2011-2012 Team Prepares for Certification Launches

    posted Jan 4, 2012, 11:08 AM by David Lineberry   [ updated Jan 4, 2012, 11:19 AM ]

    CRW members will be building and flying individual rockets in order to obtain Level 1 certification in the National Association of Rocketry (NAR).  To obtain the certification, each member must build an launch a rocket under the supervision of a NAR member.  By obtaining the certification, team members become familiar with high powered rocket fabrication.  processes and safe launch practices.

    Nathan with his completed and painted rocket for certification Launch.

    posted Oct 3, 2009, 4:10 PM by Adam Burt   [ updated Oct 3, 2009, 4:14 PM ]

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