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General Rocketry Discussion / Re: Level 3
« on: March 11, 2018, 12:59:43 AM »
That is awesome 😊🚀👍🏼
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 / Re: NARCON 2018
« on: February 28, 2018, 01:22:06 PM »
What really made the convention even better is the following:

I had stopped by a local hobby shop in League City Texas on my way back to the Houston Hobby airport and I found a bargain on a black carbon composite rocket that I just could not pass up.  While getting the rocket items boxed up, a patron of the store came in donating books to the hobby shop. One of them happened to be a book in mint condition from G Harry Stine.  I just had to have that. Not too long after that, low and behold Lee and Betty Peister came into the hobby shop.  I was so happy about them being there, we were able to chat for a while and I showed Lee the great bargain on the rocket and he really liked the carbon black 5-inch diameter ogive nose cone. Betty and Lee enjoyed seeing the handbook of model rocketry book. They knew each person by name on the front cover and that was really neat. When the owner of the hobby shop was informed as to who these two famous people were, he just had to get a group photo with them, which they were happy to do.
It was such a great treat to have this happen after the full NARCON 2018 event.
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.
The Rocketry Show / Re: Marco Polo Trackers
« on: February 12, 2018, 12:32:31 AM »
I am interested in the Marco Polo device as well. I am appealed by it since it does not require gps to work.
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:

Ideas for future topics... / Re: Show Topic Ideas
« on: February 05, 2018, 06:00:42 PM »
 Getting TRA and NAR and others to work together for a National flight field/spaceport would be a great plan.
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 / Re: Tripoli back in the mid 80s
« on: January 31, 2018, 05:16:24 PM »
That is great information. I knew Ed Tindell from the NASA/Houston rocket club back in the 80s. Arthur Nino in the issue shared made some of the most perfectly designed boost gliders. Every one he built worked perfect on each flight.
I liked the banter myself.  I had recently bought some Estes E9-6 BP motors and only one out the three worked. The one that worked is the one that I did not try in a rocket. Fortunately,  the two rockets that suffered damaged have been repaired.
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!!!!
Awesome podcast.

My first reload experience was a learning curve.
The Initiator caught fire from within with my first reload. It was a blow by.  The rocket was repaired, cleaned up and used again with a successful reload launch.
very cool videos. :)
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