Thursday, June 18, 2015

Another Day at FAR.

Rain from the Mountains

Another day on the amateur range.  We watched a couple static tests and a couple flights.  A static test means that the rocket is stationary, i.e. static - not static electricity. It is for testing engine performance before flight.

The static tests were from one of the FAR founders.  It was actually two tests of the same hybrid dedicated since the first test failed.  Click here for the videos, first test and the second test.
Student Rocket

A group of students from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, were there with three rockets. Two for testing and a large one, maybe 12 ft. long. The day was getting long so they only flew one of the test rockets.  The purpose of the flight was to test parachute deployment and only one of the parachutes opened.  They proceeded to fly the larger rocket anyway. It flew beautifully, click here for a short video of it, but neither chute opened and it experienced a hard landing.  We did not stay long enough to be the remains but while driving away we could see the students out in the desert brush.  They had the main chute opened in the wind and it looked fully intact so hopefully they have some salvageable pieces.

Earlier in the day one of the local rocketeers demonstrated how the different propellants burned with different colors depending on the ingredients.  I have a short video of one of the propellant scraps burning.  Click here for the complete photo album. 

The next step is to build our own.... already in progress.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Tablet for Blogging.

Overlooking San Bernadino et. al. from Hwy18

Testing blog function from new Android 5.0 Nextbook tablet.
Lost content twice now.
Testing link:  click here for facebook.

make that three times.  The app has a very bad means to attach photos that didn't work on my phone nor here and essentially messd up the post.  First the app couldn't find the picture for the upload and then when I tried to remove it the app crashed!

the link works but I have to type in the whole url which is a pain when it comes to linking to an album.  these issues were with my phone app, too, so google has really dropped the ball on this one.

But at least with the tablet I can us the browser interface which is how I make a post on the computer which is just impossible on the phone.  switching back and forth doesn't work either.

So stop testing here and just bail out on using it for editing.  Very dissapointed and finding some of the image function on the tablet through firefox may not work either.  But I'll give it a go.