Rocket Tech

WHY "LV" ?

LV stands for Launch Vehicle, or simply a fancy name for "Rocket". Each vehicle is numbered in the order that we built it. The majority number is the rocket class, for example "LV2.x" is the same rocket design with minor adjustments or additions. Each minor division is a build of the LV#.x design.

In total, PSAS has built 7 rockets. Over the years, most of the rockets have completed many launch missions. LV2.3 was our primary workhorse rocket for nearly 7 years!

LV4

  • Length: TBD m

  • Empty Mass: TBD kg

  • Airframe: TBD

  • Max Altitude: TBD km

  • Flights: TBD

LV3.1

  • Length: TBD m

  • Empty Mass: TBD kg

  • Airframe: Modular carbon fiber sections, fiberglass radio section, aluminum pass-through sections

  • Max Altitude: TBD km

  • Flights: L-14

LV3.0

  • Length: 3.88 m

  • Empty Mass: ~18 kg

  • Airframe: Modular carbon fiber sections, fiberglass radio section, aluminum pass-through sections

  • Max Altitude: ~1.5 km

  • Flights: L-13

LV2.2

  • Length: 3.35 m

  • Empty Mass: ~20 kg

  • Airframe: Modular aluminum body sections, fiberglass aeroshell

  • Max Altitude: 5.0 km

  • Flights: L-6, L-7, L-8, L-9, L-10, L-11, L-12

LV2.1

  • Length: ? m

  • Empty Mass: ? kg

  • Max Altitude: 0 km

  • Flights: L-4

  • Airframe: Modular aluminum body sections, fiberglass aeroshell

LV2.0

  • Length: ? m

  • Empty Mass: ? kg

  • Max Altitude: 5.5 km

  • Flights: L-3, L-5

  • Airframe: Modular aluminum body sections, fiberglass aeroshell

LV1

  • Length: 3.35 m

  • Empty Mass: 20.8 kg

  • Max Altitude: 3.7 km

  • Flights: L-1, L-2

  • Recovery

    • Payload: Three 1 m parachutes

  • Airframe: Carbon fiber body, fiberglass payload section

LV0

  • Length: 1.83 m

  • Empty Mass: 5.53 kg

  • Max Altitude: 0.3 km

  • Flights: L-0

  • Recovery

    • Payload: 1.2 m parachute

    • Body: 0.9 m parachute

  • Airframe: Cardboard with 3 fiberglass layers

  • Notes: No flight sequencing computer. Separation and recovery handled by chemically timed motor ejection charge.