Nike Launch Procedure


Nike Launch Procedure

Level 3 Certification Flight

Pre-Flight Operations T-72 Hours

1.                  Verify resistance of all “Davey Fire” electric matches.

a)                 1.6 ohms nominal

b)                 Igniters

i)                    Sustainer igniters (two each)

c)                  Ejection Matches

i)                    Primary drogue

ii)                  Backup drogue

iii)                Primary Main charge

iv)                Backup Main charge

v)                  R/C Controlled Main charge

vi)                R/C Controlled Drogue charge


2.                  Dip igniters

i)                    Sustainer igniters (two each)


3.                  Make ejection canisters

a)                 Primary drogue X.X grams

b)                 Backup drogue X.X grams

c)                  Primary Main charge X.X grams each

d)                 Backup Main charge X.X grams each

e)                 R/C Controlled Main charge X.X grams

f)                    R/C Controlled Drogue charge X.X grams



Launch Preparations T-3 Hours (in the safe area)

4.                  Electronics Prep

a)                 Warm batteries to operating temperature

b)                 Load test all batteries

c)                  Install batteries into electronics

d)                 Secure battery mounting clamp assembly.

e)                 Set/Verify electronics switch settings

f)                    Mount sustainer electronics


5.                  Recovery Systems

a)                 Roll and pack chutes into deployment bags.

i)                    Drogue chute

ii)                  Main chute

b)                 Install shunt plugs

i)                    Port side shunts

ii)                  Starboard side shunts

iii)                Topside shunts

c)                  Install ejection canisters & thread igniter wires through conduits

i)                    Primary drogue charge

ii)                  Backup drogue charge

iii)                R/C Controlled drogue charge

iv)                Primary Main charge

v)                  Backup Main charge

vi)                R/C Controlled Main charge

d)                 Install drogue recovery material

e)                 Attach drogue shock cord to nose cone

f)                    Accordion fold drogue shock cord, tape and insert

g)                 Insert drogue deployment bag and attach to shock cord

h)                  Attach bitter end of drogue shock cord to nose cone coupler

i)                    Install nose cone coupler

j)                    Insert nose cone to nose cone coupler shear pins (2 pins)

k)                  Attach main chute bridle to sustainer main section

l)                    Install sustainer main chute recovery material.

m)               Accordion fold main shock cord, attach to bridle and insert into main body

n)                  Attach main chute to shock cord and install.

o)                 Attach bitter end of shock cord to nose cone coupler.

p)                 Insert nose cone coupler into main body.

q)                 Verify full engagement of nose cone into main body.

r)                   Install nose cone coupler to main body shear pins (4 total).


6.                  Motor Prep

a)                 Assemble sustainer primary / backup igniter onto dowel

b)                 Verify engines and reloads are at temperature.

c)                  Assembly reload

i)                    Ensure last grain of reload is well scuffed.


7.                  Fill out flight card.


8.                  Secure TAP preflight checkout


9.                  Transport rocket to the pad


At the Pad T-30

10.             Place sustainer onto rail

a)                 Slide sustainer onto rail.

b)                 Verify engine closure tightness

c)                  Install igniter assembly and tape to engine.

d)                 Install main engine

e)                 Install sustainer motor retainer


11.             Connect sustainer recovery electronics

a)                 Primary drogue to Electronics Unit #4

a)                 Primary Main charges to Electronics Unit #4

b)                 Backup drogue to Electronics Unit #5

b)                 Backup Main charges to Electronics Unit #5

c)                  R/C Controlled Main charges to Electronics Unit #6

c)                  Install primary and backup sustainer recovery electronics cover


12.             Erect the launcher

a)                 Verify rocket alignment onto rail support.

b)                 “Iwo Jima” the launcher and lock in place


13.             Clear all unnecessary personnel from the pad area


14.             Arm the rocket

b)                 Arm port side electronics

c)                  Arm starboard side electronics

d)                 Arm topside electronics

a)                 Connect main igniter to launch system. Verification REQUIRED

b)                 Remove Shunts and verify continuity

i)                    Port side shunts

ii)                  Starboard side shunts

iii)                Topside shunts


15.             Pose for pictures at launch pad.


16.             Setup the close-up video camera and tripod. Set the focus and framing. Leave the camera in the standby position.


17.             Return to behind the flight line


Behind the flight line

18.             Verify shunt plug flag count (three total).


19.             Inform LCO we are “GO FOR LAUNCH” with a hold for status check.


20.             When the LCO informs us we are the next to launch

a)                 Flight-line camera operator starts flight line camera.

b)                 Close-up video operator starts pad-camera. Adjust focus and framing.

c)                  Close-up video operator returns to behind the flight line.

d)                 Man the R/C chicken switch

e)                 Flight crew reports go/no go status

i)                    Close Video operator

ii)                  Flight-line video operator

iii)                R/C chicken switch operator

iv)                Procedures

21.             Inform LCO we are “GO FOR LAUNCH”.


22.             Insert shunts

a)                 Port side shunts

b)                 Starboard side shunts

c)                  Topside shunts

23.             Record altitude

a)                 Primary Altimeter

b)                 Backup Altimeter

24.             Power down

a)                 Primary & Backup altimeter

b)                 R/C Chicken switch.


Post-Flight Operations (behind the flightline)





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