ROL NEWS--blacksky Releases Optimal 168 Rocket Kit

blacksky Releases Optimal 168 Rocket Kit
May 17, 2004
Web posted at: 12:48 PM EDT
(ROL Newswire) -- The blacksky Corporation of Carlsbad, California
announces the release of the Optimal 168 research rocket kit for
commercial, educational, and advanced hobbyists. The Optimal 168 is
designed to loft 10 pound (4.54 kg) payloads to altitudes in excess of
30,000 feet (9150 meters). The Optimal 168 was designed, accepted, and
flown for a NASA Dryden Flight Research Center project. The test flights
were carried out at the Pecos County Aerospace Development Center (ADC)
in Texas. A press release describing the NASA project is found at
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The Optimal 168 kit is a ³minimum diameter² rocket designed for the
Cesaroni Pro150 motor series, is 6.625 inches (168mm) in diameter, and
118 inches (3 meters) long. The Optimal 168 has an aluminum airframe and
fins, precision 10º conical fiberglass/stainless nosecone, and milled
aluminum bulkheads. Included with the kit are the recovery electronics
(dual blacksky AltAcc2C altimeter-accelerometer) and dual deployment
system with the blacksky EJecter and ARRD, a 48 inch inversion proof
drogue, and
a ³professional²12 foot main parachute and deployment bag. The dry
weight of the rocket is 38 pounds (17.25kg) without motor or payload and
the launch weight is 98.5 pounds (44.7kg) with O5100 motor and payload.
The Optimal 168 allows the researcher, educator, or hobbyist to focus on
the payload instead of the rocket. Blacksky also offers Optimal 168
launch services for commercial or educational flights at the Pecos
County ADC or launch site of your choosing. Launch services include
documentation, vehicle integration, solid rocket motor assembly, range
support, ground support equipment, and launch operations.
Contact Scott Bartel, blacksky Corporation at 760-730-3701 or email for further details.
Source: blacksky
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