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Monday, April 05, 2004

Armadillo Aerospace News: 3700 lbf, Ceramic monolith, Jet vanes
chabot imageThe thermocouple amplifiers didn’t arrive, so we weren’t able to fly the big vehicle. Damn shame, because the weather was perfect, and it is probably going to rain this coming week. We insulated everything on the vehicle, mounting a replacement pressure gauge up on the support plate instead of on the distribution manifold, wrapped the feed lines, rewired the master cutoff with Tefzel wiring, and built a box around it.We also had an unexplained failure of our A/D board. The boards digital output still worked, and the FIFO was operating, but all data read zero. We suspect the on-board DC/DC converter had failed, but it is a cause for some concern. I replaced it with a spare that I had fortuitously just ordered, and everything is working fine, but we will keep a close eye on it. Read More


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