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Re: OT?? Model Rocketry



Hello,

Being in high power rocketry, I have used the Maxstream 900 MHz radios  
which are two way. They have the Xtend version that puts out a watt  
for several miles of range. There is also Aerocomm modules sold at  
mouser. Maxstream can be bought from Digikey.  Both are ISM band radios.

I used the Maxstream XCite 4mW 900 MHz radio with a solid link for a 1  
mile range flight.

Now for doing an uplink to deploy parachutes, maybe as a backup. For  
safety reasons, he should use an altimeter. My favorite is made by  
Perfectflite, the HA45. It can support flights up to 45,000 feet. I  
would not rely on a comm link to deploy a parachute. I would do it as  
a back up in case the altimeter doesn't do its job. There have been at  
least one past product that allowed you to command the rocket to  
delpoy a parachute. I don't think it exists anymore.  With the money  
invested in the rocket and electronics plus safety requirements, you  
need a reliable parachute deployment system and a radio link is not  
considered reliable.

You will see that as the rockets get bigger and more expensive, the  
builders include two or more altimeters for improved reliability.

Good luck and use an altimeter for parachute deployment.

Ivan





On Mar 5, 2008, at 7:37 PM, RFI-EMI-GUY wrote:

> This may be off topic? I am helping a neighbor who is just getting  
> into
> high power model rocketry (Tripoli) He is interested in _two way_
> telemetry with his rocket and wants the downlink for the usual sensors
> like altitude, GPS, XYZ-attitude etc. There are _one way_ products  
> that
> provide the downlink but he also wants to be able to uplink to fire
> parachutes or thrusters (during descent). I am leaning toward an 900  
> MHz
> ISM solution for the RF but am stumped as to what digital platform  
> would
> be most flexible (and light weight) for the communications needs. Are
> there any standards or better yett off the shelf products? I am open  
> to
> suggestions.
>
> -- 
> Joe Leikhim K4SAT
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>
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