Strato Journey


Team R-B UAV data was sent to Guinness Books on Nov. 9th 2019,  10,478 meters.

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StratoJourney Notes:

Oct 12,13 2019, Spaceport NM 

6 Teams involved.  I coached 3 of the teams

1.Team Rising Phoenix (Steve Klass, Bobby Swart, Karen Kaup)

2. Team PerryNautics, (Mr. Jehl)

3. Team R-B UAV (Cait Pitchford)

4. Team Icarus (Travid Palmer, Aaron Korney, Tucson)

5. Team Stratohawk (Eric Grever, Los Angeles)

6. Team Desert Rotor (Joe Burch, Debin Ray from Awatukee)

 

Coaching 3 teams was not a problem.  I would probably not coach a team long distance any longer.  I would like to get more of the local High School involved. (Basha and Campo Verde)

 From the individual team aspect here are my recommendations.

·         Navigation students need to document position, alt, climb rates every 2 minutes, windspeed, etc, better telemetry backup information

·         Navigation kids also need to devise a flight plan, based on the estimated release point. Do we have enough battery power for the mission? Flight plan based on jet stream and winds aloft, navigation team needs a Nav lead or chain of command

·         Pilot, need to have a chain of command, need to designate a captain and First officer while at the flight controls.

·         Weather balloon team worked out perfectly

 

 Location Spaceport America.

·         Need to consider another location that is more accessible, with restricted airspace available

·         Need to develop a plan for a launch window, instead of placing these events on the calendar and then hoping for the best.

·         Primary ops at Spaceport with alternate setup areas in TorC or near Las Cruces

 

UAV

·         RvJet-Still the best option for this project. Although would be good to compare the Opterra

·         RvJets weight 2700g to 3100g

·         Power 3s (12v) 13Amps and 3s(12v) 11.2amps

·         Plan to plumet through the jet stream worked perfectly, with the high winds blowing in the core.

 

Control Link (Dragonlink)

·         Dragonlink…We had one dragonlink failure on the PerryNautics plane.

·         May want to consider the release feature being a part of the vector and not part of the dragonlink failsafe.

 

Flight Computer (Vector Flight Controller)

·         Vector issues. GPS alt stopped working at 33,000ft, Vector Fixed this with Version 12.85, Firmware Version 2.81

·         Eagle Tree engineers are reviewing the data

·         Maybe move to the pixhawk?

Mission Control

·         No changes

 

Video Link (800mw VTX, Gatling Antenna, Dib box)

·         No changes

Other

We need to add into our SOP, to release if we encounter severe turbulence.  Need to also figure out how to 

enable a launch window instead of placing 2 days on the calendar and hoping for the best.

 

 

 

Overall, I was very happy with StartoJourney.  This was my first attempt to bring 6 teams together to conduct this project.  I do not have any remarkable notes concerning bringing the 6 teams together. 

 

Biggest issues to fix….. If we stick with the Vector we need to work with Eagle Tree to make the vector work for us with regards to GPS issues.  Remember if we power the VTX separately, then you need to turn on VTX power first, then power up the Vector.  After Vector records the home position, then need to reset the home position. 

 

We had one Dragonlink receiver failure.  Team PerryNautics Dragonlink failed.  Did not go into failsafe.  Need to get the data to Mike at Dragonlink for analysis.

 



Thank you to the Strato Journey sponsors.


    

Click the link below to see the project "Conceptual Video"
 






October 12-13, 2019 at Spaceport America, NM

This event is designed to bring together students, hobbyist, professionals, and educators to one location
 for the ultimate aerospace STEM experience.  
The event will allow people of similar interest to interact and share experiences.
You are cordially invited to join us at Spaceport America in October of 2019.




Slot allocation for each team

SLOT 1 ... Paul Kaup Richmond Burton Team web-page


SLOT 2 ... Paul Kaup (Team Rising Phoenix)


SLOT 3 ... Travis Palmer (Team Icarus)
Web-page ... Team Icarus
SLOT 4 ... Joe Burch (Team Desert Rotor)


SLOT 5 ... Perry High School (Team PerryNautics)

SLOT 6 ... Eric Gerver (Team Stratohawk)

https://sites.google.com/site/rftstars7/spaceport-2019/Stratohawk.png









The Exemption request was filed on Oct 19, 2018
Link to the request.

The exemption request was approved on April 12, 2019




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Team Program Letters

UAV resgistration



The weather and winds aloft page 

This event is very fluid.  I will post several youtube videos discussing some of the design constraints.
Please contact me with any questions.
This project will launch us to the 2020 project...

Here is a really good video showing you what to expect.

YouTube Video




Cost
You airplane and systems installed ... $1000 - $1400
3000g weather balloon ... $400
Helium (350cu ft) ... $150-$200 (depends on pricing)
Travel expenses to Spaceport ... depends on your team
Lodging Expenses ... $80/night


Raising Funds

We have typically raised funds through various means.
Grants ... If you are working with students, there are many organizations which you can apply for grant money
Fundraising
Sponsorship
Donations




    



link to the 2017 Spaceport America project: Spaceport America 2017




The schedule for the teams while at Spaceport

Thursday Oct 10 

Plan on arriving at the Holiday Inn (2201 F.G. Amin Street, Truth or Consequences: 575 894 3900) no later than 5:00pm....If you arrive after 5:00, please still join us.   We have a meet and greet dinner starting at 6:00pm until 9:00pm at the Bedroxx Bowling Alley, (165 E 9th Ave, Truth or Consequences).  


Friday Oct 11 

8:00am - Noon: The FAA will be inspecting each UAV in the conference room of the Holiday Inn.  We have 6 UAV's that need to be inspected.   Teams can begin setting up their UAV for the inspection at 7:00am. Bring everything that you will need to demonstrate powered on functionality.

Team inspection order ...


Noon - 1:00pm : Lunch break

1:00pm : All teams make their way to Spaceport to setup mission control, parents are invited to join us.

1:45pm : All teams assemble in the Spaceport Parking lot.

2:15pm : Spaceport Tour

3:00pm : Mission control setup 

6:00pm : dinner back in Truth or Consequences at the La Cocina Mexican restaurant (1 Lakeway Drive, Truth or Consequences NM)


Saturday Oct 12 : 3 teams launch on this day.  (See the Launch Schedule below)..While at Spaceport on Saturday and Sunday we will have a grill available to us.  My wife and daughter will brew Starbucks coffee and make hot chocolate for us.  A couple of families have chipped in to donate chips, hot dogs, and hamburgers.  We will also provide water, ketchup, mustard, and coffee add ins. Each Team come up with your dinner plans that evening.  Team leads, be prepared to adjust your mission assignment time earlier by 1 to 2 hrs.  If a mission window is shorted than assigned, we will move the subsequent launches earlier if possible.


Sunday Oct 13:  3 teams launch on this day.  (See the Launch Schedule below)..While at Spaceport on Saturday and Sunday we will have a grill available to us.  My wife and daughter will brew Starbucks coffee and make hot chocolate for us.  A couple of families have chipped in to donate chips, hot dogs, and hamburgers.  We will also provide water, ketchup, mustard, and coffee add ins. Each Team come up with your dinner plans that evening.  Team leads, be prepared to adjust your mission assignment time earlier by 1 to 2 hrs.  If a mission window is shorted than assigned, we will move the subsequent launches earlier if possible.





Mission Control and Staging

Systems Notes:
Eagle Tree Vector :

Paul, we were able to simulate the GPS alt display issue you had, and it appears that the new (beta) version linked to below fixes it.   Of course, we can't do real world testing of this here.    Here are some notes:

1) This version should install Vector version 2.80 firmware.
2) Note that this version has lots of unrelated changes since we last sent you a version with the high altitude support.   You may want to read through the version release notes on our website in case these changes might impact you in some other way.
3) If you do want to keep the same version that you last flew with, it appears that the display problem will not occur if you disable "Show GPS Absolute Alt" on that version.   Let us know if you want to go that route.

http://www.eagletreesystems.com/LatestApps/vector/beta/vector-1282-highalt.exe 

 
Bill Brown APRS trackers....

Initialize them the day of mission setup at Spaceport
Start them up an hour before launch.
Voltage range 3.3 to 9.0 volts. The battery pack is around 6.6 volts with 4 AAA lithiums.  Only use AAA batteries or AA batteries, a 9v battery cannot supply the required amp draw.














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