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SARON Launch Day 28-05-2021

On Friday 28-05-2021, LD and myself set out to launch the Intimidator 5 on what I think is it’s 8th flight but frankly lost count a bit and not all flights were properly documented on this site. Weather was mostly sunny, little to no wind from the N-NE direction. Launch rail was set at 32°

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BOOSTAR-TWO / GIGA IV – all-up test

On 24.09.2020 we tested to see whether the BOOSTAR-TWO and the GIGA IV would fit together in the launch rail and to prevent unpleasant integration surprises at the LRE. Espcially orientation of equipment and launch buttons are critical. All went well and within the hour the BOOSTAR-TWO / GIGA IV were erected and lowered from

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GIGA IV – Head end ignition

Stainless steel head end igniter body from the GIGA III flight was re-furbished. For high altitude ignition the fuse head igniter was dipped in a slurry of BKNO3 viton aceton and left to dry. 3gr RIO/CuO/Mg thermite charge in heat shrink tubing as initial igniter. Booster ignition charge on top of monolithic grain consiting of

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GIGA IV – Nose cone construction

  Lessons learned: Don’t take this route again using the M10 threaded section as a basis for concentricity. If going to machine on lathe, start with concentric mold before laminating / machining. Don’t rely on staightness  M10 threaded section which can get close but slightly off straight M10 threaded section will result in a significant

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