Airbrake Mechanism Update

A project log for Ariel Flight Control System

A system designed to actively control a rocket's altitude precisely and accurately. For use in Team America Rocketry Challenge.

Michael CuthbertsonMichael Cuthbertson 06/21/2019 at 13:350 Comments

I finally decided to go with an Iris diaphragm mechanism for the airbrake itself. Something that would be compact and still maximize the braking area while only using one servo, without any real strain being placed on that servo. The first printed version works ish. One of the fins doesn't close all the way because of an alignment issue, but for version one it works.