UMass First Launch!

The team prepared for a CMass launch in Amesbury MA this weekend. We were flying a 2" Arreaux kit on dual deployment recovery.

Prototype ABS altimeter bay designed specifically for the Featherweight Raven altimeter

The e-bay was printed with the Makerbot Replicator 2X in the MIE Altra Innovation Makerspace. Thanks again to all the dedicated students who made this space a reality!

 Working hard on our rockets. Keep an eye out for that 4" in a few weeks!

Working hard on our rockets. Keep an eye out for that 4" in a few weeks!

 Our recovery expert Greg conducting static flight tests on the Raven altimeter. This test required the simultaneous use of both keyboards!

Our recovery expert Greg conducting static flight tests on the Raven altimeter. This test required the simultaneous use of both keyboards!

The beautiful Amesbury, MA launch site.

As we arrived at the beautiful Amesbury launch site, we were greeted with the crisp autumn air and the sound of rockets launching. We strode over the hills to rendezvous with our mentor.

 Electronics bay prepped and loaded with matches and black powder.

Electronics bay prepped and loaded with matches and black powder.

 This G80 will be flying next weekend. due to altimeter difficulties, we were not able to launch a second time.

This G80 will be flying next weekend. due to altimeter difficulties, we were not able to launch a second time.

 The excellent stenciling job by Max and Greg earned this rocket the name "UM"

The excellent stenciling job by Max and Greg earned this rocket the name "UM"

 The UMass Student Launch Team with their first vehicle.

The UMass Student Launch Team with their first vehicle.

Due to a battery issue with the altimeter, neither ejection charge fired. However, the backup charge on the engine provided body separation and the vehicle came down on its drogue parachute. The rocket was recovered intact after a somewhat hard landing. We plan to fly this rocket again in a few weeks at the next launch.