Obsidian was successfully launched at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry site in the Mojave Desert on April 2nd, 2022.
Obsidian flew to 10,300 meters above ground level and reached Mach 2.025.
More photos from SRL’s launch weekend at FAR can be found here
Videos of the launch can be found here
A huge thanks from everyone at SRL to all of our sponsors and supporters.
What is Obsidian?
Obsidian is our 100% student designed, manufactured, and assembled 4-inch diameter vehicle; aiming to be scaled down-version of our Spaceshot configuration.
The entirety of the vehicle airframe and nosecone were made in-house, either using our 4-axis filament winder, or by hand-laying-up composite materials.
This vehicle will initially be flying on a commercial, Cesaroni O3400 motor, but will serve as the testbed vehicle for flight testing our composite motor technology in the near future.
Other technologies that will be validated during the maiden flight are:
- Custom Avionics
- Aerothermal heating models
- Custom Composite Nose Cones
This vehicle not only represents a scaled-down version of our spaceshot vehicle, but also serves as a training platform for newer members, so that we can pass down knowledge to the next generation of SRL engineers.
POC: Chris Lolkema