Go For Launch

March 2016 – In partnership with Adam Savage’s Tested, we began plans to recreate the Apollo Command Module re-entry profile by dropping a 1:12 scale replica from the stratosphere. To gain the needed altitude the capsule was lifted to more than 70,000 ft on a high altitude balloon. It was then autonomously cut down; free falling for several minutes, approaching descent speeds of 80 mph. As with the actual Apollo mission, our capsule was equipped with 3 main parachutes which were deployed at 24,000 ft, allowing a safe landing to Earth. This project took custom hardware and software, multiple flights, and teaming up with another group (soon to be announced). More to come on the build, mission details, and views soon! Read more…

-Night Crew Labs team

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