Predict Armadillo’s Burst Pressure

Armadillo Aerospace are a US company that develops reusable rocket powered vehicles. They are currently working on a Vertical Takeoff and Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle for suborbital research and passenger flights.  They are a very exciting company and part of the new era of commercial space enterprises. Here is a picture of one of their vehicles (pixel) that they flew in the 2006 Lunar Lander Challenge

Armadillo Aerospace Pixel Hover

They also flew a vehicle in 2007, 2008 (won Level 1 prize) and 2009 ( Second in Level 2 prize). Here is a pic the 2009 vehicle.

Armadillo Aerospace Technicians inspect their rocket

This week Armadillo were burst testing their first 48″ sphere tank and they decided to hold an informal contest to see who could guess the pressure the tank would burst, the prize an Armadillo Tshirt and patch.  I couldnt help myself and entered a guess at 585psi.

Turned out our guess  was the closest. The  tank actually burst at 609 (sensor1) / 617 (sensor 2) psi. The Armadillo employees guesses were closer than mine though :)

We also got a mention on the Hobbyspace Blog ,  with the results of the competition , thanks to Clark who runs the website for the mention :)

I will be wearing the Armadillo Tshirt with pride when it arrives :)

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One Response to “Predict Armadillo’s Burst Pressure”

  1. George Says:

    That’s very cool Todd. :D I too have been following Armadillo for quite a while, they do amazing work.