Archive for Feb 20, 2012

Hard Questions for an Open Hardware Acolyte

Okay so from a bit of web browsing I have created a list of questions, by no means complete, that I will need to answer in order to be successful. Some of the questions I have already answered, and will continue to fill this in on a Google doc (link below) as I go along. Here's hoping I can have many of these at least theoretically answered in the next 10 days.

Critical questions for rocketry project:


What am I trying to do?
Why am I trying to do that?
How am I going to do that?
When am I going to do that? (Repeats)
How much will this cost?
What do I need?
Where am I going to do this?


What is the maximum flight ceiling to avoid FAA regulations?
What type of model rocket (if any) will be used for the experiment?
What components will be used and how will they be integrated into the payload?
How will flight data be recovered (and/or) Transmitted?
How will the micro controller and sensor pod be sheilded from external physical forces such as temperature, barometric pressure, newtons (g-forces)?
How will the instruments be powered?
How will the power supply be affected by the physical forces of the flight, and how will it be shielded from hazardous forces?

Scientific: (Answer with post data) 

What physical forces did the payload encounter during the test?
How long was the test duration?
Was there a significant difference in test duration between an unloaded and loaded rocket?
Where there any unexpected events during the test?
What can be improved upon for a future experiment?