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X Prize Cup 2006 Media

X Prize Cup 2006 Media Please see John’s update for description of events and technical details.

Video

The graphite, carbon fiber-wound chamber lets go in an attempt to run for 180+ seconds (3 angle view, Windows Media, 10MB)

Pixel's AST qualification flight (MPEG1, 9MB)

The first attempt at Level 1 (4 angle view, Windows Media, 16MB)

Second attempt at Level 1 (4 angle view, Windows Media, 20MB)

First leg of the third attempt at Level 1 (4 angle view, Windows Media, 17MB)

Second leg of the third attempt at Level 1 (4 angle view, Windows Media, 3MB)



Stills

The crane truck taking Pixel out to the 100 acres.

Pixel in a thethered hover at the 100 acres (blocks around pad are concrete "rocket anchors," not being used in these hovers).

Pixel is put up for the night.

The graphite, carbon fiber-wound chamber after blowing apart

The aluminum injector with the narrower LOX channel.

The aluminum injector with the narrower LOX channel and the graphite, carbon fiber-wound chamber.

Pixel and Texel secured on the trailer for a trip to the 100 acres.

Venting LOX.

The crane truck and trailer loaded with 5 rockets bound for Las Cruces.

Getting set at the Experimental Aircraft Association hangar, before getting kicked out.

The official mission patch.

The launch pad, same surface style as the Level 1 landing pad.

The Level 2 landing pad.

The media bunkers.

A leather "rocket sock."

Pixel toppled over after landing off-pad during the AST qualification flight.

Pixel attempts Level 1 on Friday, Oct. 20. It landed on the pad, but broke its landing gear off and burned some wiring.

The aftermath.

The judges confer, team and group photos.

The staging area and booth.

Making repairs back at the EAA hangar (which we had been let back into).

Pixel waits at the staging area for the start of another attempt (time limit clock seen in background).

Pixel's first attempt on Saturday the 21st ends up half-on, half-off the pad, which causes it to tumble. It had already been uprighted in this picture.

On Satruday's second attempt, the judges confer and agree that Pixel made a successful first leg for Level 1.

The second leg flight on the second attempt on Saturday ends with Pixel tipping, aborting, and crashing to the ground.





 






 
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