FRR Submitted

Man I am tired. That document took it out of me. Last big one down; now on to the presentation and Huntsville. I'm going to take a nap now; I'll have a bigger and better update up later on. We've had a ton going on recently.


PCS Subscale Testing

Subscale Launch
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The group headed down to Elizabethtown yesterday to further test our sub-scale and Parachute Control System. Our sub-scale has taken a beating; we have put it through 5 flights so far, and a couple of them have been rough. Overall, it has proven to be an excellent testing platform. While it isn't easy to fit payloads, originally designed for a 6" diameter, into a 3" airframe, it pays off when we only have to spend $30.00 - $60.00 per motor, instead of triple that for a full scale motor. We somehow manage to make everything fit....

Today's results were reassuring; our rocket had another perfect ascent, and during the descent phase, our microcontroller coding performed as expected. We had some tangling with our parachute, but that is on the docket to be fixed within a week. We had a couple cameras filming during the launch, one of which was looking directly up at the parachute to monitor it during the disreefing phase. The video we got is posted on our YouTube page, or can be found by clicking .

All in all, we are making good progress. Our full scale will be complete and ready to fly in 1-2 weeks, and we have workied out many of the kinks in our systems through our subscale testing platform. Personally, I am ready for Huntsville. I can't wait to see the projects other teams have been working on, and launch ours on April 20th. Hope to see you there.

-Nick Image 2 Subscale Rocket Assembly Sub scale Assembled Sub Scale Motor Bay and Window

Site Ranks High on Google

We, as a team, have worked hard over the past 19 months to establish ourselves on the web through our website, social media outlets, online publications, and through exhaustive online publication of our activities and work. Our site has been designed to be a useable and informative resource to others looking into the fields of high-powered rocketry, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is also our hope that visitors will return to keep up to date with the projects we are working on, students we are engaging, and news we are producing.

It seems that someone (or an algorithm) has taken notice of this presence. Our site now ranks among the top results (if not the top result) for USLI-project related queries on Google. The way Google ranks pages in terms of relevance to a search query isn't publicly available, but descriptions of how it determines a site to be the most relevant on the web to a given search query are found on Google's site as well as Wikipedia .

Check out where our site currently comes up for the following non-targeted queries in Google's search engine:

Query* Result #
usli 2013 1st
usli student launch initiative **
usli 4th **
nasa usli 5th
usli 2012 7th

* Queries run through to provide non-targeted search results
** First non-sponsored result or first result behind NASA's official USLI page


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