Just Lookin' Around
Launched Saturday, August 20, 2011
The primary purpose of this flight will be to test an updated version of the stabilization system for our camera payload. We are using a sun sensor to sense the direction the payload is pointing. Using that, it will try to point in pre-programmed directions throughout the flight. This system will also attempt to reduce or eliminate any spin in the payload, hopefully giving us better pictures and video. On SABRE-12, one of the wings broke off on liftoff so it wasn't able to control the rotation as much as we wanted. We're also beefing up our video camera batteries to give us enough power for the entire flight.
Predicted Flight Path
Final Flight Path