Project Cygnet is Purdue Orbital's first exploration into small satellite launch systems. The basis is a "Rockoon" concept: a rocket launching from a high altitude balloon.
"Cygnet" is derived from a vessel that William Dampier used on his journey to become the first individual to circumnavigate the globe three times. Varying slightly, Purdue Orbital is attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an airship-inspired orbital insertion system.
April, 2016: Ground Launch Test
Orbital's first large system test of Project Cygnet occurred on April 17, 2016. The team traveled to Three Oaks, Michigan to test the custom designed electronics package inside a DX3 XL rocket frame with a CTI M3700 motor.
The launch and recovery were a complete successes and all mechanical and electronic systems performed as designed.