The Mach 30 Shepard Test Stand is a test stand for Estes rocket motors. It is named after Alan Shepard, America's first astronaut, as it is our first test stand. The Shepard Test Stand uses an Arduino Uno with a custom shield to provide the physical interface between the data collecting computer and the required sensors. This project is the first in a series of projects to develop the required skills for the practice of safe rocket engine operation, and to develop the capability to measure and record data about a rocket engine's performance. The use of Estes class motors provides a relatively safe environment to learn in before moving to higher powered motors and engines. The ultimate vision is to develop test stands for full scale liquid rocket engines for use in orbital launch systems.
Shepard v2.0 Dev Log (Structure Concept) Started 06-19-13
Conceptual development and experimentation done on the Shepard structure for version 2.0.
Shepard v2.0 Dev Log (Simplified Mount) Started: 06-17-13
All work done to create a simplified, yet stronger motor mount for the kitified version of Shepard.
Shepard v1.1 Dev Log (Temperature DAQ) Started: 05-21-13
All of the work done on the temperature portion of the Shepard v1.1 DAQ system. This dev log was started on 05-21-13
Shepard v1.1 Dev Log (Thrust DAQ) Started: 05-20-13
The work done on Shepard v1.1 on 05-20-13.
Shepard v1.1 Dev Log (DAQ) 04-03-13
A log of the work done on the thrust sensor circuitry for Shepard 1.1.