P1: Nitrous at Balls in '09
GSE, Instrumentation and Test Equipment
Last Update, June 4, 2010, by Stephen Daniel
This project includes all of the equipment needed to support a rocket both during test and at a launch.
At present we do not anticipate building a launch tower, but everything else is included.
Some testing serves to validate existing designs, some serves to provide new data as input to the simulator. In both cases we requireaccurate data to characterize the burn. Gathering quality test data is expensive. We minimize this cost in part by gathering only a few channels worth of data, and in part by building a data capture system that meets our needs but does not have lots of extra features and functon.
The digital data acquisition system (DAQ) is documented here.
The current design for the P1 motor uses external magnet to actuate an internal valve mechanism. The magnet requires a short high current pulse to fire it. The control circuit for the magnet is documented here.
The ground support equipment is used both for launches and for testing. It consists of two major components, the plumbing stack that delivers nitrous to the motor, and the control circuitry that manages all of the valves, the quick-disconnect, and the iginition.