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General Rocketry Discussion / Level 3
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:23:50 PM »
Congrats Gheem on certifying level 3.

What was it’s altiude ?

General Rocketry Discussion / NARCON 2018
« on: February 27, 2018, 02:47:46 PM »
The NARCON 2018 was a great event.  So many things to see and learn about.  For those who were there, it would be great to get your feedback here through the Rocketry Show Forum.
I wanted to attend since this was an area that I grew up.  Robert Crippen lived in our neighborhood and I had mowed his lawn a couple of times as a young kid in junior high. I never realized just what he did for NASA until April 12th of 1981.

It was a great convention.
General Rocketry Discussion / Witness history made today
« on: February 06, 2018, 08:57:58 PM »
The Falcon Heavy was AWESOME!!!!!

5.5 million pounds of thrust 🚀
General Rocketry Discussion / dihedrals
« on: February 05, 2018, 07:06:40 PM »
After looking at the WSMC FAI items on dihedrals, they suggested this site which had a great resource program you can download for dihedral analyses:

youtube tutorials:

I have this old article from an HPR magazine that I thought was cool.  I would love to have a front yard article such as an actual Atlas motor:

General Rocketry Discussion / Tripoli back in the mid 80s
« on: January 31, 2018, 12:28:34 PM »
I am working on archiving the high powered rocketry magazines with Tripoli.  I think it will take a while to get full approval from the magazine creator.  Just for nostalgia here is one issue from February 1987:

The G motor “Water loft Duration” contest sounds interesting:

“Objective: To lift 16 fluid ounces of water to te highest altitude, and return as slowly as possible 
The Rocketry Show / Episode 57 is terrific
« on: January 30, 2018, 01:57:33 PM »
The latest podcast is awesome!!!!
General Rocketry Discussion / Make: High Power Rockets new book
« on: December 13, 2017, 07:32:40 PM »
I received the new "Make: High Power Rockets book in the mail yesterday.  It is very well done.  It is not as thick as the first book but full of great information and advice.
General Rocketry Discussion / Denmark Rocketry
« on: December 13, 2017, 02:29:39 PM »
Who wants to go for a ride up:-) 
Launch Pictures / December club launch highlights
« on: December 04, 2017, 05:33:27 PM »
Daniel Peirce had a great launch on his Maxi Der-RedMax on a Aerotech G-75 M motor
General Rocketry Discussion / Rocket Motor Tutorial Primer
« on: November 27, 2017, 08:26:13 PM »
Rocket Motor Tutorial Primer:

Mr. Gary A. Crowell Sr.  made a wonderful MS-DOS software presentation providing data on rocket motor basics, including not just a standard Estes motor, he also included composite motor data on how a single use composite motor and how reloadable motors work. The program can still be found on the web.  However, it will require windows 98 or Windows XP to function.  I will post the items presented by him here in pdf format.  It is a great learning tool for those who want to learn more about rocket motors:

video link:

Launch Pictures / Rocketober 2017 OROC Launch Report
« on: October 30, 2017, 11:13:15 AM »
The Oregon Rocket Club had an amazing three-day picture perfect weekend launch October 27th-29th.  I and Danel Peirce were able to make it to the Sunday launch day. I had taken my 3-inch diameter Fat Cat F-104 Star Fighter Rocket.  It went up on 29mm motors. Daniel took a nice collection of his rockets which consisted of the Launch Pad Nike Ajax, the 4-inch diameter Der Big Red Max, the 2.6-inch diameter fiberglass MadCow Honest John, and the 2.6-inch Mad Cow Bomarc.
The OROC club and one rocket that achieved 34,0000 feet over the weekend.
The event was postponed by one weekend. The weekend before which it was originally scheduled for had early morning snow.
My F-104 Star Fighter went up on a 29mm 3-grain CTI G-125 redline motor with a 7-second delay.  Since this was its first flight, it was launched on the away pad for extra safety precautions.  The rocket went perfectly straight up and looked as it was flying. The did three rotations during it straight up ascent. The delay was a tad long. The next time when it gets launched on the same motor the delay should be set for 5 seconds. The two parachutes deployed and the rocket landed in fine shape. the nose cone base section separated and the nose with its canopy landed in the sand without any damage.
Every rocket that Daniel Peirce launched (all four) was a picture-perfect flight.
A student from Clark College launched a rocket on an Aerotech 75mm L2200 green motor that was picture perfect as well. All of the electronics on the flight performed flawlessly.
General Rocketry Discussion / Latest Rocket Builds
« on: October 27, 2017, 10:46:57 AM »
I have been on a building rocket spree.  I built the classic Estes Maxi trio ( The V-2, Honest John, and Pershing 1A), then finished a classic LTV Scout utilizing 3D printed parts made by Boyce Aerospace, then finished a classic  FatCat rocket kit of the F-104 Starfighter that will go up on G or H motors.
Now to work in the 4-inch diameter Mercury Redstone using the Boyce Aerospace Redstone capsule.
General Rocketry Discussion / Tripoli archives in the works
« on: October 24, 2017, 01:33:22 PM »
The Tripoli rocketry members should have access to an archive similar to what fellow NAR members have through NARTS.

There is more than 33 years of articles and more than 168 issues.
Technically the interest began in 1964.

attached is an example of what work will be forthcoming to help save and provide an archive for Tripoli members. 

Goerge Gassaway has created a well-formatted forum to support those Interested in rocketry contests for NAR and FAI enthusiasts:

There are yahoo chat rooms discussing this topic, however, this forum may be more beneficial to the novice.
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