The Blue Baboon

Flying perhaps the last of the Animal Motor Works’ N4000 Blue Baboon motors, our carbon-fiber Mongoose98XL roared to Mach 2.5 with a beautiful 10' plume.


The fiberglass bay has add-on GPS streaming and an RF tracking beacon in addition to the usual redundant avionics computers and CO2 parachute-deployment cartridges.


Here is the video compilation (HD version).


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  • Steve Jurvetson PRO 4y

    Frame from Pad Cam One... ignition
    Screen shot 2011-10-16 at 4.14.14 PM

    Beautiful going up...

    and then
    ... Ouch!!!
  • Jeff Wallace 4y

    That was an awesome launch...the more I see these launches on your stream the more I want to try it out. Any websites you would suggest for a newbie to the hobby?
  • Steve Jurvetson PRO 4y

    Sure... I would start with a NAR or Tripoli prefecture nearby.... and an Aerotech mid-power kit (like the Initiator with a G40-7 motor)
  • jerryfi_99 PRO 4y

    A while back there was a discussion on GPS rcvrs losing lock on the way up... has that been fixed?
  • Steve Jurvetson PRO 4y

    Some expensive fixes... and recent discussion here...
  • Victor Riess 4y

    Excellent Vid - very entertaining. Loved the pad cam work, specially the knock over.
  • Niall Oswald PRO 4y

    How high?
  • Steve Jurvetson PRO 4y

    It should have been ~37K ft. if the fin had not ripped off near the max velocity of the boost (1,674 MPH according to Rocksim). But it ripped apart around 9K ft. (or perhaps higher; that's when we reacquired GPS lock in free fall back to Earth). With a smaller N2850, I got to 33K ft. (slo mo video, regular video)

    Victor Riess - the MTV pad cam ideas come from you. Surplus Flip cams are getting so cheap now that it's fun to try some experiments
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