Traveler status and next vehicle

RPL is once again in paperwork mode as we apply to the BLM and FAA for winter and spring launch windows for Traveler. Early December is the soonest we are applying for, but there is a greater chance that we will be granted a March or April window.

We have decided to spend the rest of this semester building a 6"-diameter vehicle. Its purpose is to test systems for Traveler, specifically the flight computer and the dual-event recovery technique that uses a drogue and a main parachute with a single airframe separation point. This rocket will be formidable in its own right, having the largest composite-cased motor that RPL has ever flown. We are working with the RRS to determine the altitude cap at Mojave, but we expect to fly to around 80,000 feet and Mach 3. As part of this project, we are upgrading the filament winder to use a modular feed system for easier adjustment, as well as a dual-core controller to boost speed.

There is a lot that will come together in the next few weeks to make this vehicle a reality - casting hardware, motor case, upper airframe, nosecone, fins, avionics, nozzle, bulkheads, retention rings, and more. Stay tuned!

P.S. Ian Whittinghill, if you are reading this, could you please give us the 6" nosecone mold?