“Full stack” is our tech jargon for a complete system. We refer to the entire, fully-assembled rocket as the full stack. All subsystems, including structural, propulsion, avionics, and recovery, are finally together. That means every component required to turn the rocket on is integrated, meticulously cleaned, carefully installed according to the design specifications, and painstakingly checked to make sure it functions in the whole system.
You’ve seen quite a few photos of our full stack flooding our social media over the last few days.* We’ve finally been able to get some good angles of it now that it is out of the clean room. (All of the components required to be clean have been capped.) Additionally, we have received our final engine, and our valves have been plumbed in. With the addition of these last pieces, our rocket has bones, some muscle, and a fully-developed digestive system!
Its taken an incredible amount of effort (and a remarkable number of late nights), but the team now has the full stack at our testing site in southern New Jersey. We are confident the rocket (as pictured below) will perform optimally when tested!
*Note: What we refer to as the “full stack” for testing is different than the “full stack” we will use for launch. In order to launch, we will first need to add on three more major components. (1) The carbon fiber “skin” of the rocket. (2) The machined titanium fins for the rocket’s “feet.” (3) The manufactured nose cone at the “head” of the rocket.