Preflight Checklist for Level 3 AMRAAM built by Carl Tulanko

 

 

 

 

 

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Description

 

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Inventory all necessary items listed below which are required for the launch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower Airframe Section

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Center Airframe Section

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upper Airframe Section including Nosecone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower Shock Cord Assembly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upper Shock Cord Assembly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Links

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drogue Parachute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Parachute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parachute Deployment Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dual Deployment Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flat Washers for Dual Deployment Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lock Washers for Dual Deployment Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nuts for Dual Deployment Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Safe Eject EXP Canisters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Davey Fire 28BR Electric Matches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pyrogen Coated Electric Match

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Thermalite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FFFFg Black Powder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tissue Wadding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biodegradable Wadding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masking Tape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electrical Tape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Adept RAS2 Altimeters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Altimeter Deploy Cables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Altimeter Power Cables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two new 9volt Alkaline Batteries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Adept NVMEM6 Memory Chips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Keys for Arm Switches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deployment Unit O-Ring Seals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shear Pins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motor Retainer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motor Retainer Bolts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Rocket RMS 98/7680 Motor System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerotech M1419W Reload

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motor Assembly Lubricant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Powder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BlackSky Ultimate Rail with Mount

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level 3 Project Manual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adept Altimeter Manual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tripoli Manual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tripoli Certification Form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tripoli Membership Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

Check Lower Airframe Section for any damage which may have occurred during transportation

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

Check Center Airframe Section for any damage which may have occurred during transportation

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Check Upper Airframe Section for any damage which may have occurred during transportation

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

Check Nosecone for secure connection to the Upper Airframe Section

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

Install New 9 volt Alkaline batteries in both Altimeters

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

Secure batteries with several wraps of electrical tape for added safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

Mount Altimeters in deployment bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

Install a NVMEM6 Memory Chip in each Altimeter

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

Connect Deploy Charge Cable connector to each Altimeter

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

Check terminal blocks for secure connection

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

Connect Power Cable to each Altimeter

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

Load two electric matches into Safe Eject EXP charge canister

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

Thread canister on lower retainment bolt in Deployment Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

Route wiring for matches through the system

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

Connect match leads to terminal block

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

 

Remove Faceplate from front of Deployment Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

 

Load two electric matches into second Safe Eject EXP canister

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thread canister on upper retainment bolt in Deployment Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

Route wiring for matches through the system

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

 

Re-install Deployment Unit Faceplate

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

 

Connect match leads to terminal block

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

 

Secure all match leads in the system

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

 

Plug match lead routing holes to seal against ejection pressure

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

 

Load black powder charge into lower EXP canister

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

 

Install tissue wadding in EXP canister to keep powder charge from moving

 

 

 

 

 

 

27

 

Tape end of canister to secure powder charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

 

Load black powder charge into upper EXP canister

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

 

Install tissue wadding in EXP canister to keep powder charge from moving

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

Tape end of canister to secure powder charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

 

Final check all wiring and insure it is secure

 

 

 

 

 

 

32

 

Install forward O-Ring Seal on Deployment Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Install rear O-Ring Seal on Deployment Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

34

 

Insert Deployment Unit into it's bay through the top of the Center Airframe Section

 

 

 

 

 

 

35

 

Place Flat Washers over threaded retaining rods

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Place Lock Washers over threaded retaining rods

 

 

 

 

 

 

37

 

Thread Retaining bolts on rods and tighten

 

 

 

 

 

 

38

 

Install the Main parachute Baseplate over the Deployment Unit threaded retaining rods

 

 

 

 

 

 

39

 

Place Flat Washers over threaded retaining rods

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Place Lock Washers over threaded retaining rods

 

 

 

 

 

 

41

 

Thread Retaining bolts on rods and tighten

 

 

 

 

 

 

42

 

Insure Arm switches are in the OFF position by inserting each ARM key and turning to OFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

43

 

Connect the ARM switch harness to the Deployment Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Secure switch harness

 

 

 

 

 

 

45

 

Fasten Lower Section Shockcord

 

 

 

 

 

 

46

 

Check Lower Shockcord for secure connection to both the Lower and Center Airframe Sections

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Attach Drogue Parachute to Quick Link on Lower Section Shockcord

 

 

 

 

 

 

48

 

Pack Shockcord and Drogue Parachute into Lower Airframe

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pack Lower Airframe Unit with Biodegradable Wadding

 

 

 

 

 

 

50

 

Couple Lower Airframe to Center Airframe

 

 

 

 

 

 

51

 

Check for Coupling Fit

 

 

 

 

 

 

52

 

Install Shear Pins into airframe and coupler

 

 

 

 

 

 

53

 

Fasten Upper Section Shockcord

 

 

 

 

 

 

54

 

Check Upper Shockcord for secure connection to both the Upper and Center Airframe Sections

 

 

 

 

 

 

55

 

Pack Main Parachute in Deployment Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Attach Main Parachute to Quick Link on Upper Section Shockcord

 

 

 

 

 

 

57

 

Pack Center Airframe Unit with Biodegradable Wadding

 

 

 

 

 

 

58

 

Pack Shockcord and Main Parachute into upper Center Airframe

 

 

 

 

 

 

59

 

Couple Upper Airframe to Center Airframe

 

 

 

 

 

 

60

 

Check for Coupling Fit

 

 

 

 

 

 

61

 

Install Shear Pins into airframe and coupler

 

 

 

 

 

 

62

 

Check RMS Tube for defects

 

 

 

 

 

 

63

 

Build the reloadable motor following the manufacturer's instructions

 

 

 

 

 

 

64

 

Install Motor Assembly into motor mount

 

 

 

 

 

 

65

 

Install motor retention system

 

 

 

 

 

 

66

 

Build motor igniter using a pyrogen coated electric match and Thermalite

 

 

 

 

 

 

67

 

Check in at LCO table and fill out flight card

 

 

 

 

 

 

68

 

Show proof of current certification level

 

 

 

 

 

 

69

 

Attach BlackSky Extreme Rail to Launch Pad

 

 

 

 

 

 

70

 

Transport Rocket and Igniter to the Launch Pad

 

 

 

 

 

 

71

 

Load rocket on launch rail

 

 

 

 

 

 

72

 

Verify straight up angle on Launch Rail and adjust if necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

73

 

Arm Altimeters by turning each key switch to ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

74

 

Each altimeter should emit a 4-beep tone which repeats every second

 

 

 

 

 

 

75

 

Remove the Arm Keys from each switch

 

 

 

 

 

 

76

 

Install the igniter into the Motor

 

 

 

 

 

 

77

 

Secure the Igniter with tape to the bottom of the rocket

 

 

 

 

 

 

78

 

Connect Igniter leads to Launch System

 

 

 

 

 

 

79

 

Verify continuity of Igniter using provided launch system continuity check button

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Walk back to Flight Line and pray for a successful launch and recovery!!!