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Data from the August 20th, 2005 launch of LV2

Hey everyone. I'd like to see the analysis of the LV2 data to end up on this page. The raw data is currently attached below. Here's some of the things I'd like to see right away:

  1. Extract the pressure message
  2. Plots of the raw pressure, pressure in kPa, pressure altitude, and pressure velocity (dP/dt).
  3. Plots of the raw Z axis accelleration, velocity, and position (using very simple integration).
  4. 3D plot of GPS position, 2D plots of GPS velocity

Some of the questions we want to know: how high did we go? what was our fastest speed? When did we break the sound barrier?

2005/08/23: Eric and Andrew

Apogee detect

We looked for the first REC_REPORT_PYRO message in the received data stream, and it looks like the first message was right at apogee... so hooray, the problem was not the pyro's firing early... or, terribly terribly late. :)

DTMF Tones

We saw the arming DTMF tones and the desperate 2m recovery node commands towards the end of the flight.

Pressure data

We made a gnumeric spreadsheet with the extracted pressure data attached below. During the entire flight, only 11 packets were dropped. Wow! Note that the pressure velocity is really, really noisy because of the noise on the last bit of the ADC (which is multiplied by 10 because of the 10 Hz data rate). So we smooted it using an exponential filter (0.8,0.2) to get a more reasonable graph. The smoothed velocity is still weird around mach, so we ignored that. According to the pressure data:

  1. Apogee was 5,731 m AGL (18,805 ft AGL)
  2. Maximum velocity was (from smoothed pressure velocity data) 716.5 m/s (1,602 mph)
  3. Velocity at impact (from smoothed pressure velocity data) was more than -250.7 m/s (-561 mph)

GPS packets

Eric parsed the GPS packets from the flight computer (not the raw GPS UART stuff) and put them in a gnumeric spreadsheet (see below). Only 2 of the FC's GPS packets were dropped.

  1. Apogee was 6,915.3 m MSL (5,542 m AGL) (22,688 ft MSL (18,182 ft AGL))
  2. Maximum velocity was 376 m/s (841 ft); HOWEVER, the GPS loses lock during boost because of the > 8g acceleration.
  3. Velocity at impact was more than -236 m/s (-528 mph).


Eric started parsing the IMU Z values, and a gnumeric spreadsheet is provided. To reduce the quantity of values so gnumeric would touch it, "uniq -W 1" was used on the set of IMU Z text, dropping all values except the first per timestamp.

Note major weaknesses in Eric's plot:

Andrew used gnuplot to plot the entire Z dataset. This produced some very interesting results during boost, where acceleration spiked at interesting times. The spikes occurred mostly within a single timestamp, and it didn't appear to be bit flipping (values during descent appeared sane).

Even this limited data was interesting:

Link Quality

Eric parsed the FC_LINK_QUALITY packets and put them in a gnumeric spreadsheet (see below). Smoothing was done with an exponential filter (.8,.2) as before.

Brief launch timeline:

Total flight time: 69.49s (32.45s boost to apogee, 37.04s apogee to last communication)