A testbed for testing
Thrust vectoring and attitude control
July 3 2015
First flight of attitude control test bed “LEAP”. Vehicle failed to maintain attitude and emergency shutdown was initiated 12s into flight.
Vehicle landed with it’s parachute and was recovered intact.
September 9 2015
Second test flight. Vehicle ascended to an altitude of 180m while maintaining control. Data acquisition systems and recovery were also successfully tested.
May 18 2016
Third test flight. Flight trajectory control and in flight maneuvering was tested. An engine problem forced the vehicle to initiate emergency shutdown.
Vehicle was recovered by parachute intact.
July 1 2016
Fourth and final test flight was a complete success.Vehicle maintained full control until fuel exhaustion.
LEAP uses a small scale gas pressurized Ethanol LOx engine for thrust. This engine uses conventional injectors. Though not used in any of our commercial vehicles, thrust ratings of 10kN have been tested within IST for this type of engine.
IST’s guinea pig. This passenger is loaded onto all our flights.
All airframes flown to date, successful or not have been recovered when KOMOMO is on board.
Unfortunately, KOMOMO seems to have made an emergency escape during the flight of MOMO2. He has never been witnessed after the event.