Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday Update

First up, there has been a a little more publicity for the team. Will Baird's, the Team Leader, has a day job that has taken note of his participation in the Lunar Lander Challenge and, with the successful completion of the LLC, the Google Lunar X Prize. No, he wasn't interviewed.

We keep getting a lot of questions about the information on the team page. Specifically about the thrust of our rocket. Everyone else as far as the team 's profiles go on the 'matchup' tool have a thrust to weight ratio that is at least one. Why don't The Wind at Dawn? There's a good reason. It's not because have a typo in our page. It is not because we don't have a clue about what we are designing. Rather it is because the information we provided is the ignition thrust, not the maximum thrust at full throttle. That's about a third more than what's listed. Just a small clarification there.

Our FAA application is progressing and its now in the hands of the engineers there. We have hopes we'll make it in time, but that Tethered Flight ruling has thrown more than a few wrenches into our plans. Paperwork really does eat a lot of our time.

That wraps it up for today! Happy Monday!

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