STRIPE Meeting minutes
3 October 2007
Next Launch: October 20 - 22
Launch site: TBD
Camera tube is partially complete. Will need a window/mirror housing attached to the side. The bay will also need some structural work, as well as painting, finishing and sanding.
The window we'll put in next week, starting with an ideas session Monday afternoon.
Oct 1 Mission briefing
The rocket launch was successful, and STRIPE 1 was recovered. We had media coverage from KVRR-TV and WDAY-TV.
Due to confusion in prelaunch procedures, the rocket was mounted on the launch rail before the recovery avionics were tested.
The Nomex bags for both the main and first drogue parachutes were not secured and flew free. The main parachute bag was recovered from a soybean field north of the rocket landing site. The drogue bag was lost, though photographs suggest it may be in the soybean field we launched from.
Telemetry was lost soon after launch.
Postlaunch testing indicates that the RDAS unit was not properly configured to record GPS data. This has been corrected.
We reviewed Tricia's photos of the launch, and John's videos.
We overviewed the flight telemetry systems
We discussed the camera mounting options, including straight-out, down-facing, and up-facing cameras.
Moorhead State, UM-Crookston, and Concordia have now been invited to do projects. They all have professors interested in STRIPE, and attended the launching. A number of students from Concordia visited, but
Tim hasn't heard back from Williston, Minot, or Mayville. Tim hasn't talked with BSC or U-Mary in Bismarck.
There is a project going on at UND among the STRIPE team. We don't have to fear squeezing out the other teams, because there's plenty of payload room, both in our rocket, and in the 100k rocket from Minnesota. The 100k rocket launched this weekend -- Tim will investigate if it was successful.
We reviewed our features on the NASA website. We have a news item on the NASA page, as well as an interview featuring Dr. Tim Young and STRIPE member Johnathan McClure.
NASA news item and Podcast.
We're breaking new ground with an N launch in North Dakota, so we will have to work extra hard to find a launch site. We might not have enough space at Larimore. We may have to adjust the waivers at any of the sites. There was a rocket meet at the Casselton airport a while back, that might be an option as well. Will has said he could get us a launch site out by Towner.