The Rocket Mega Project

The Rocket Mega project aims to create an accessible, low cost, open source platform for development and experimentation in rocketry and other aerospace applications.

Accessibility means that I will always try to use well-documented, readily available parts with open development tools.

Low cost means staying in the range of other similar hobbyist projects, while offering a much more expandable product.

Open source means both the hardware and software (firmware and support) will always be open source, and I will support products with either open source or free development tools. I also mean actually open source, not infectious licenses.

A mailing list has been set up to discuss this project. Feel free to join and participate.

If you are interested in potentially ordering one of these prototypes, or a later version, please fill out one of these forms so I can contact you when I'm prepared to do a group purchase and build.
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Keep in mind, this is a new project, with experimental hardware and untested software and features. My hope is that we can build a community behind this idea and develop this into a solid, battle-tested kit.

Designs and code on GitHub

Ideas for future hardware developments include

Software will continue to be improves as well, including

Rocket Mega R2

My second attempt at designing a board from scratch. As of August 2013, R2 is still a work in progress, but is nearing completion.

Revision two brings a number of improvements to the board:

All of these changes, and still retains the same price point of about $113 in raw parts.

Check out the Bill of Materials and Manifest.

v2 circuit layout

Other renderings and photos can be found here.

Prototype (R1)

The "R1" prototype (originally called "RocketDuino") contains enough sensors to be a full 9-axis IMU, GPS, an additional high-G accelerometer, and solid state relays to control parachute deployments. The R1 design is a "shield" for an Arduino Mega form-factor, and is designed to work at 3.3V or 5V: either with the Mega or the Due, though the Due is currently untested.

v1 prototype

v1 board

Other renderings and photos can be found here.