on board camera from flight

UPDATE 2: Prize is confirmed. Photo from “Winning the Carmack Prize”. Team site here.

UPDATE: Even though all requirements are met according to the rules the final word will have to come from John Carmack

Team of rocketeers have now had a successful Carmack Prize attempt.

Team: Ken Biba, Casey Barker, Erik Ebert, Becky Green, Jim Green, David Raimondi, Tom Rouse and Steve Wigfield

Altitude:104,659 feet

Avionics: (Raven+RDAS, Beeline GPS (70cm APRS), GoPro2 + WiFi BacPac)in booster and sustainer

Payload:Smartphone+sensors (APRS telemetry)

Motors: AeroTech N1000W staged to a AeroTech M685W

Launched from: Black Rock, NV

Date: September 11, 2012

Recovery: within 6 hours of launch

THE VIDEO

Carmack Prize

The Rules:

  1. The prize is $5000 USD, and has been augmented with a further $5000-$5500 by the people listed at the end of this page. The collection of the prize from each benefactor is up to the prize winner.
  2. The launch attempt must be registered by a post to aRocket at least 30 days prior to the attempt, with the following information:
    • A reasonable description of the vehicle
    • The launch location
    • The launch date
  3. The rocket must gain 100,000 feet from launch altitude using rocket propulsion.
  4. The rocket must record a GPS serial log of the flight with at least one report above 100,000ft plus the launch altitude.
  5. The rocket must be recovered essentially intact, the recovery system having functioned.
  6. The rocket must be recovered within 24 hours of launch.
  7. A report on the vehicle and operations must be made available on the web for posterity, with a level of quality suitable for publishing in a magazine. The report’s author retains copyright.
  8. Good video of at least the launch must be shared. Ideally video is captured of the entire flight to recovery, but this is not required.
  9. If multiple stages are used, they must all be recovered successfully.
  10. Armadillo Aerospace is disqualified from the competition.
  11. The competition is judged by John Carmack.
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