AeroRocket and WarpMetrics
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Providing Affordable Aerodynamics Software Since November 1, 1999
Copyright 1999-2015 John Cipolla/AeroRocket


Sprint Experimental Rocket Launched 6/12/1999 and 7/10/1999
The first and second launches of John Cipolla's nearly finless Sprint ABM experimental rocket were successful. The Sprint high power rocket was powered by the RMS 54/1280 rocket motor with a J415-6W reload having a maximum thrust of 100 pounds and burn time of 3.59 seconds. AeroDRAG, VisualCFD and AeroCFD were used to correctly predicted the vehicle reached 1,076 feet at apogee with a maximum velocity of 226.15 ft/sec at burnout. Dual timers recovered the main booster and the nose cone on separate parachutes in perfect condition. These two launches provided the database required to validate AeroRocket's computational fluid dynamics programs and flight analysis programs. Also, see photographs of the successful AeroRocket Sprint ABM exact scale model rocket.


Sprint High Power Rocket Data

Vehicle Dimensions

Total weight = 24.8 lb (11,249 grams)

Empty Weight = 22.165 lb (10,054 grams)

Motor Weight = 2.643 lb (1,198.8 grams)

Total Length = 75.267 inches

Diameter = 12 inches at base, 9 Degree Cone Shape


Computational Results using AeroDRAG and VisualCFD

Motor: RMS 54/1280 & J415-6W Reload

Maximum Altitude = 1,076 ft

Maximum Velocity = 226.15 ft/sec

Maximum Acceleration = 4.0 G's

Cd = 0.23 (AeroDRAG, AeroCFD and VisualCFD)

Static Margin = 5 inches (AeroCP, AeroCFD and VisualCFD)

Sprint airframe assembly

Sprint ready for launch and John Cipolla Sprint liftoff at T = 0.0 seconds
Sprint rocket prior to liftoff and then liftoff at T=0.0 seconds

Sprint liftoff at T = 0.25 seconds Sprint liftoff at T = 3 seconds Sprint liftoff at T = 5 seconds
Sprint experimental rocket streaking skyward

Recovery of the Sprint rocket
Recovery of the Sprint experimental rocket

Sprint ABM movie
Requires QuickTime from Apple Computer