AMRAAM-2 Video Rocket
Building the rocket took about 40 hours, with the electronics and launch systems taking most of that time. The detailed PML instructions that came with the AMRAAM kit made building the rocket itself rather straight forward, but the electronics were another matter. Click below to see the construction details and an itemized equipment list
First Flight – 3/16/03
The first flight went well, although the camera wasn’t securely mounted, allowing it to come loose right before launch. This also resulted in the camera being dislodged when the parachute deployed.
Second Flight – 3/30/03
The mounting problems from the first flight were solved by a center board to which all of the electronics were attached (see the construction section for more details). This gave a better camera angle allowing for more of the ground to be seen. Unfortunately, the rocket flew out of range and the signal was lost at apogee.