A CUSTOM COMPOSITE NOSECONE
A handshake between our mechanical engineers and flight dynamics teams, a custom nosecone was designed to be able to withstand aerodynamic drags and forces on the vehicle. Made out of carbon fiber, the nosecone only weighs 4.89 lbf despite being 45 in in length.
Our Space-shot Reaction Control System
One of the primary purposes for flying LAD is to qualify our Reaction Control System (RCS). This system utilizes four GN2 thrusters that are able to control and correct the natural tendency for the rocket to roll. It is capable of forcing and holding the vehicle to any given angle throughout the vehicle’s ascent.
High precision fin stabilization
In order to keep the rocket stable during flight, the flight dynamics team designed four fins that shift the center of pressure to a safe location and can withstand fin flutter forces. A high precision fin can design allows for a lightweight way to achieve a ±0.05° of fin cant.
A Reliable Recovery system
One of the most important aspects of any vehicle is ensuring a safe and reliable recovery. Due to the altitude that LAD was flying, a new recovery system had to be designed. Once apogee is reached, the flight computer will ignite two E-Matches which ignite black powder. With that, two CO2 canisters will rupture, pressurizing a manifold and separating the nosecone from the forward airframe. From there, a drogue parachute and military-grade main parachute safely descend the rocket for recovery.
A lightweight method For thrust transfer
The thrust ring, the primary component of this thrust structure, is responsible for transferring the 3200 lbf of thrust from the motor into the airframe of the vehicle. This ring transfers the load, defines the position of the motor inside the assembly, and allows for easy attachment and detachment of the motor.