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Capabilities of ADIS16448 (For Rocketry Purposes)

Question asked by khazatsky on Sep 27, 2017
Latest reply on Sep 28, 2017 by NevadaMark



I am part of an organization called Space Enterprise at UC Berkeley. We would like to use one of your IMU's in our suborbital rocket, Eureka-1. The specific product we were looking into was the ADIS16448. The goal of our rocket is to break the Karman Line, and we also hope to bring it back down to the ground safely.


During its flight, the rocket will be exposed to roughly 12G's, travel at speeds upward of Mach 2, and reach a height of 135km to 175km. We need the IMU to have real-time tracking of the altitude, acceleration, shimmy, gyration, etc. We need this information not just to monitor the status of the flight, but also so that we may activate our kill switch if things start going wrong.


Having a reliable and durable IMU is crucial to ensuring that launch day is both successful and safe. We would like to ask the opinions of the people who know these products best. So, do you think this model can handle what we need to put it through? Furthermore, is there a better model more suited to our purposes? For reference, the weight and volume constraints of our avionics are 2 liters and 2kg. Finally, are there any limitations of your IMU's that we should know about? For example, we've heard that the accuracy drops noticeably as speed increases.


On a side note, how would we go about getting detailed schematics for the product?


Thank you very much!
Feel free to ask for any additional information.

P.S. There is more information about our project available on our website: Space Enterprise at Berkeley