Category Archives: Rocketry

TMRO Orbit 12.05 – “How to launch and land a model Falcon Heavy”

The latest episode of TMRO.tv Space program is now available: How to launch and land a model Falcon Heavy – Orbit 12.05

Joe Barnard of BPS.space joins us to talk about his work in making model rockets emulate larger, liquid fueled vehicles such as Falcon and Electron. He has created many amazing models and has been working on thrust vector control (TVC) steering of models as well as being able to stage and even land model rockets. This is his story.

** More about changes at TMRO.tv:

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Galaxy Girls: 50 Amazing Stories of Women in Space.

Videos: DIY rocketeer profile, Retrieving a big wet rocket, Blue Origin’s giant lifter, & More about Virgin Galactic’s SS2

Some miscellaneous rocket/space related videos:

** The DIY Rocketeer Building SpaceX Replicas of Self-Landing Rockets: A Motherboard profile of Joe Barnard, who is about developing model rockets with vectored thrust and landing capabilities (see posts here and here):

Joe Barnard left his background in videography and music production to launch his life of amateur rocketry, and he shares his DIY adventures in building rockets on his YouTube channel BPS.space.

** SpaceX CRS-16 booster recovery: Reports from www.USLaunchReport.com on what has been happening with that SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage that landed in the water during the launch of a Dragon cargo ship to the ISS:

**** SpaceX CRS-16 Booster Towed To Port 12-07-2018

**** SpaceX – Rise Of The Machines

** What went wrong: Tim Dodd, the Everyday Astronaut, explains what caused the booster to land offshore:

** Blue Origin’s New Glenn: And here Dodd profiles Jeff Bezos’s giant rocket:

** Commercial astronauts visit space: Scott Manley describes the significance of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo flight this week:

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Video: First flight of BPS Space’s Falcon Heavy model rocket

I’ve posted a few times about Joe Barnard‘s scale model rocket projects that seek to emulate realistically the takeoff and landing characteristics of SpaceX rockets. Here is a report on the first flight of the Falcon Heavy model:

Find more about Joe’s projects at BPS.space.

You can also support his efforts at BPS.space is creating Rockets | Patreon.

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Galaxy Girls: 50 Amazing Stories of Women in Space.

 

Videos: “Landing Model Rockets” – Barnard Propulsion Systems

I’ve posted a couple of times about Joe Barnard‘s development of model rockets that can land vertically like a SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage. (See posts here and here.) This article is about Barnard and his rockets: Meet the Amateur Rocketeer Building Self-Landing Replicas of SpaceX Rockets – Motherboard.

Here is the first entry in an upcoming series of tutorial videos explaining the model rocket landing techniques:

In this video, Barnard goes into some detail about a recent test of a model of a Falcon Heavy upper stage:

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Video: BPS.space flies Falcon Heavy scale model rocket

I recently posted about Joe Barnard adding thrust vector control and other advanced features to model rockets.  The goal is to model not just the appearance of large rockets but how they take off and fly as well. This weekend, he successfully flew for the first time a model he built of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, which involved separation of the two side cores and the in-flight firing start-up of the center core.

The side boosters executed a 20 degree roll program with a rate of 30dps, beginning at T+0.9. Initial pitch-over of the vehicle at launch was due to thrust inconsistencies between booster motors. Because of a low level coordinate transformation error in its flight software, the center core flew with poor stability, correcting roughly 20 degrees off axis for both pitch and yaw. Photos from the flight can be found here: https://bps.space/gallery/

Find out more about Barnard’s projects and rocket hardware at BPS.space.

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