PSAS/ news/ 2010-06-27 - **Successful launch of LV2.3** in Brothers, Oregon.


The launch of Launch Vehicle No. 2.3 (LV2's third airframe) with PSAS' first Roll Control module took place at Oregon Rocketry's (OROC) "Summer Skies" launch. We launched on Sunday June 27th at 2:44pm on an Aerotech "N2000W" motor took us past Mach 1 and above 15,000 ft.

MORE SOON: We've posted some video, pictures and data from the flight on the launch data page. Watch there for more as we process it out.

  1. Summary
    1. Launchsite
    2. Rocket
  2. Pre-Launch Information
    1. Timeline
    2. Transportation
    3. Lodging
    4. Food
    5. Weather
    6. TO BRING
    7. Roles


South of Brothers, Oregon at Oregon Rocketry's flight line (Click here for a map of coordinates +43.79942 -120.65086). For more explicit directions, see Oregon Rocketry's directions page.


For lots of info about the rocket including models see our airframe page. Here is a simulation of what we think the rocket did:

We broke the sound barrier and made it to around 15,000 feet AGL—in 30 seconds! The trip back down on the parachutes took about another 4 minutes.

Pre-Launch Information


Time Date Activities
7:00pm - 10:00pm Tuesday 6/22 Final go/no-go decision on launch (depends on rocket and weather). We are GO, only depends on weather now
7:00pm - 9:00pm Friday 6/25 Meet at Tim's house in Tigard: take down tower, pack up toy hauler as much as possible.
8:00am Saturday 6/26 Meet at Tim's house in Tigard: Final checklists and coordination:
9:00am - 1:30pm Saturday 6/26 Drive to Brothers, Oregon launch site (4.5 hour drive).
3:00pm - 7:00pm Saturday 6/26 Set up in Brothers. Watch other rocket flights. TRA members fly L1 and L2 certification flights.
Evening Saturday 5/26 Final prep, marshmallow roast, star viewing.
8:00am - 12:00pm Sunday 6/27 Final prep, watch other rocket launches.
12:00pm - 2:00pm Sunday 6/27 Target time for launch of LV2.
2:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday 6/27 Recovery LV2, pack up, watch other launches.
4:00pm - Evening Sunday 6/27 Dinner in Bend, return to Portland (4.5 hour drive)


Who's going, when, and what car. Use this space for coordinating rides.

Note that because of the our huge trailer, we'll be taking I-5 south to 20 to Bend, rather than the more scenic Hwy 26 to 97 route.

Leaving on Saturday morning

Leaving Sunday morning




So far, it looks like a beautiful weekend: it'll be sunny to partly sunny. Here's the current weather forcast for that area.



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