Orange Peril 2010

January 2009~

Various moulds have been built and foam cores sanded to shape for parts of the thrust duct assembly. We have managed to find some high quality epoxy resin thanks to and also aerospace grade CF thanks to the University. Over the next few months we will be building and assembling all of the composite parts and also all of the remaining parts for transmissions and engines.
For 2010 we are building a prototype of an integrated GPS speedo and engine management/ datalogger- including EGT and tacho- thanks to
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November 2009~

The skirts for the new craft will be made at Cameron Balloons in Bristol, the largest hot air balloon manufacturer in the world. Thanks to Nick and the guys there for all their help and letting us use their excellent facilities. Seeing the different materials and techniques used by these guys has also given us some new ideas...

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September-October 2009- New beginnings~

The new hull is being moved to Bristol where it will be assembled. Many parts are yet to be designed and the team will be helped by Bristol University engineering department and the Motorsport club. Depending on the outcome of the rules and venue of the world champs event next summer we will be finalising the engine and fan choice soon so the build can start in earnest.

August-September 2009- Laying up the hull ~

The new hull is being put together in a much different way compared to the 2008 craft. The hull itself may not be drastically lighter but it should be a lot stronger! After failing to find any other crazy bright gelcoats i decided to go with the bright orange they use for lifeboats. The next layer is a 'skin' or GRP which is hand laid over the gel. Finally on top of that many pieces of specially carved/ cut/ whittled core pieces are added to the moulding with reinforcements using vacuum bags to hold it all down. Using vac bags was a time consuming process but was definitely worth it. The material still on the bottom of the finished moulding is peel ply which leaves the perfect surface (regular dimpled finish and chemically clean) to bond to and lets you squeegee through resin. I will be using it on most parts i do even without vac bags.

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