Updated Abort System – High Pressure Components

Abort System Upgrade
Our next launch day of the rocket car will be with the reinforced bottle stack and a launch pressure of approx 150-170 psi. With this in mind we have

– added 5m of high pressure hose to move the abort system back further  from the launcher
– replaced the lower pressure hose with the 290psi high pressure hose
– replaced the plastic T piece with a metal one and metal joiners
– mounted the hose and valve to a piece of wood for better stability when operating

Updated Abort System

The Abort extension hose has the Gardena quick release on the end of it currently as the launcher uses this for its quick release,  this will be replaced with a nitto quick release when the launcher is updated with the high pressure hose and connectors (this is the next planned  update).

Extended Hose and Gardena Quick Release

The T piece has  three 1/4″ BSP threaded male connectors. Each of the hose connections uses a barbed female 1/4″ BSP connector. The barbed section of the connector fits down into the hose and is clamped. The female threaded section screws on to the male connector of the T piece,  teflon tape was used to stop any leaks. The hoses are secured to the board with 15mm saddles .

Metal T Piece and connectors

Accurate Distance Measurement
We would like to get a accurate measurement of the next launch distance as (fingers crossed) it hopefully will be our longest yet. We have invested in a 50m tape measure to mark out the road with 10m increments as accurately as possible.

50m Tape Measure

50m tape measure

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