Adding Rockets to the Toolkit

This article will provide instructions on how to add your rockets, pictures, and launches to the Fun With Rockets Toolkit. The FwR Toolkit is a database of kits, motors, cases, and launch fields that a visitor can use as an aid to their rocketry hobby.

Database Menu Items - Adding Rockets to the Toolkit
Database Menu Items

One feature of the Toolkit is the ability of a user to add their own rockets to the database. I am not good at writing documentation, so I will be adding a lot of pictures to this post.

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LDRS 38 Master Plan

In August 2018, Kloudbusters put out a press release announcing that their field will be the site of the next Tripoli Large Dangerous Rocket Ships (LDRS) Annual Launch.  I was at AIRFest this year, and enjoyed my time on the flight line.  So, it is only natural that I would want to attend the LDRS next year.  With that, what follows is my LDRS 38 Master Plan. 

LDRS37 Launch - LDRS38 Master Plan
Big Rocket – LDRS 37
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VFW Post 4283 Launch

Next month I am going to launch a rocket on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars(VFW) Post 4283 which is based in Dade City, Florida. They are always looking for ways to raise money to cover their operating expenses and to make capital improvements. They also like to gamble a little bit…. So I thought that I would build a rocket and let people buy predictions on how high it will fly. The winner will get one half of the prize pool and the Post will get the other half.

Dade Dart in the Bar - VFW Post 4283 Launch
Dade Dart in the VFW Bar

The rocket launch is scheduled for the January launch ( January 19, 2019 ) on Tripoli Tampa’s field near Plant City, Florida. Some of the Post members have said that they will be attending the launch. If you are interested in attending this launch, check out the Tripoli Tampa website for information on attending a launch or contact me.

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LOC Precision 4-inch V-2 Rocket

My son was coming down to Tampa in November for the Tampa Tripoli monthly launch.  I had my MAC Performance Scorpion that I could launch.  I also had some smaller rockets that I was going to launch from the low-power pads.  Being interested in scale models, I have built quite a few low-power, scale model rockets.  I wanted to build something a little bigger, so I went online and ordered the LOC Precision 4-inch V-2 rocket kit.Camoflage - LOC Precision 4-inch V-2 Rocket

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Callahan’s Express Rocket Recovery

The Callahan’s Express rocket was launched and lost at Tripoli Tampa’s Buccaneer’s Blast last month.   Here is the report on that launch. Like the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ryan Callahan, this rocket took a beating.  Unlike the hockey player who has bounced back from numerous injuries and surgeries (and scored a goal last night), the Callahan’s Express has seen its last launch.

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The NARTREK Skills Program Bronze Level

The NARTREK Skills Program is an excellent way to get exposed to different facets of the rocketry hobby.  NARTREK stands for National Association of Rocketry Training Rocketeers for Experience and Knowledge.  It consists of a set of three levels of achievement, Bronze, Silver and Gold.  Each level has four separate rocketry tasks.NARTREK Logo - The NARTREK Skills Program Bronze Level

To be eligible for the program:
  • You have to be a member of the National Association of Rocketry (It is their program after all).
  • You have to have flown a rocket before (not sure about this one).
  • Have your own launch equipment.  You do not have to use this equipment for your certification launches.
  • You must follow the NAR Safety codes and know the basics of the motor impulse coding system.  (C6-7, A8-3, etc.)

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Friends4Michael Charity Rocket Launch

At next year’s LDRS (number 38), I will be launching a very special rocket.  It is a rocket that will be dedicated to a charity that I fully endorse, The Friends4Michael Foundation.  It is a charity established by two of my West Point Class of 1984 classmates, Bridgitte and Mike Kwinn, in memory of their son Michael.  Michael passed away due to a brain tumor much too young.  I want to run by you what I am planning to launch at KloudBuster’s Rocket Pasture in Argonia, Kansas next year.  So, on to the Friends4Michael Charity Launch plan.Logo - Friends4Michael Charity Rocket Launch

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