Recovery Tests at IFT
As the launch of N2ORTH is getting closer, last validation tests of the recovery system are performed before final assembly. In mid-July a drop test was performed to verify the mechanical integrity of several recovery components.
The experimental setup is based on a drop test bench where a drop weight can be lifted up to 7m. At the end of the fall length, an impact plate transmits the energy of the falling weight into the connected recovery components. By applying a dynamic load equal to the opening shocks during main chute deployment, the recovery mount to the rocket’s hull structure was tested. All components withstood the required design loads over several load cycles without substantial damage.
Furthermore, the modification of the shock absorber was determined by these tests.
We want to thank the Institute of Mechanical Handling and Logistics for the technical support with the drop test bench.