Category Archives: Rockets

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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GIGA IV – Airframe construction

The GIGA III was built completely from aluminium but heavy like a tank. That is probably the reason why it was so successful recovering from non-flight-critical failures. In order to shave some weight for the from the total rocket mass of the GIGA IV it was decided to replace the aluminium tubes with fiberglass (FG)

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GIGA 86mm – Nose cone avionics

The nose cone avionics arrangement went through quite a few iterations as it was more or less designed around the 4000mAh battery. However it proved to be quite a challenge mounting the battery on the centerline of the rocket / nose cone and still being able to fit the other components. Although the 86mm 5:1

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GIGA 86mm – Recovery packing

GIGA recovery hardware consisting of: 5m – 3/8″ tubular kevlar Kevlar burito secured to the shock cord at 1m 60″ Iris Fruity Chute incl swivel. ” order_by=”filename” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]