TAM 1

 

Notes:

TAM-1 was launched from Cape Spear, Newfoundland, Friday 9 August at 7:57 pm Newfoundland time (2227Z).  Weather was excellent: 10 miles visibility, 1000 foot ceiling, wind from the west about 7 knots.  The plane was manually controlled and flown to its cruising altitude over the ocean.  The plane flew well until shortly after the autopilot was engaged and then began to fly in circles as the wind carried it out to sea.

 

Preliminary post-flight analysis of data makes us believe the servo for steering failed to operate properly.  We suspect the servo may have been damaged in the landing from a test flight a couple days before.

 

Satellite data giving position of the aircraft indicate it flew for at least an hour and after that we presume it landed in the ocean.

 

Latest data received from TAM 1 at: 2330 GMT August 9th

Telemetry Data:

 

 

 

Latitude N:

47 34.14

Engine RPM:

3800

 

Longitude W:

53 31.41

# Satellites:

11

 

Speed (Km/hr):

25

Temperature (C):

 

 

Altitude (m):

79

Heading ():

258

 

ETA (GMT):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAM Engineering Frame

 

Steering

Altitude

RPM

GPS mode

Autopilot

Route #

Bat./Gen.

Aux.

000

079

3800

003

001

258

000

000