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.
One of the events in the Bronze level of the NAR’s National Association of Rocketry Training Rocketeers for Experience and Knowledge (NARTREK) is parachute duration. I have completed the other three events: streamer duration, multi-staged rocket, and large engine rocket. My attempts at parachute duration has come up short. I used an A-impulse rocket, Apogee Component’s International Thermal Sailor. I used it to get my streamer duration time (36 seconds). Using the large parachute with the kit, I got 46 seconds in the air. I needed 60 seconds.
So, I decided to get a B-impulse rocket (18mm motor). I did not have to look far to find my rocket. Aerospace Specialty Products is right down the road from me in Florida. And the kit I chose was their Hang Time Rocket.
I am interested in earning the NAR’s National Association of Rocketry Training Rocketeers for Experience and Knowledge (NARTREK) achievements. One of the tasks for the Silver achievement is the construction and flight of a boosted glider. Apogee Components has suggested kits for completing each level of the program. The Sky Condor Boost Glider is a recommended kit for the Silver level.
This summer’s weather in Tampa has kept the Tripoli Tampa’s launch pasture closed due to excessive water on the field. Finally, the winter pattern started, and the daily thunderstorms have ended. This past weekend was the Buccaneer Blast hosted by Tripoli Tampa and I was able to launch the Callahan’s Express. I planned on launching the rocket on Saturday. After seeing a couple of rockets break apart in flight and watching another one burn up on the launchpad, I decided to put my launch on hold. Not to worry, I did launch it on Sunday. So, read on to see more (including a video).
To have a traditional dual-deploy high power rocket, you must have a flight computer. This flight computer has a built-in altimeter and programmable logic to fire pyrotechnic charges. To do my Tripoli Level 2 certification flight, I wanted to use a flight computer to get practice for my Level 3 attempt. After reading reviews online I decided on the StratoLoggerCF built by PerfectFlite which I purchased from Apogee Components. I have been very happy with this computer and have flown it on numerous flights. So, without further ado here is my ode to the PerfectFlite StratoLoggerCF.
When I was at the AIRFest 24 launch last Labor Day weekend I met the folks at MAC Performance Rocketry. This company uses canvas phenolic airframes to build very strong rockets that are Mach capable out of the box. I liked what I saw, so I purchased their 54mm scorpion rocket kit with the 38mm motor mount. So, here is the MAC Performance Scorpion.
I attended the St. Lucie Gator Regional Test Launch (SLUGR-T) hosted by Florida Spacemodeling Association on Saturday, September 29, 2018. It was a great time and the drive to the event was worth it. The verbiage of this post will be short, but I am going to add a lot of pictures. So, here is my SLUGR-T Report.
One of the rockets in my arsenal is the LOC Precision Minnie Magg. Produced by LOC Precision up in Wisconsin, it was my Tripoli Level 1 Certification rocket. I call it the “stubby rocket” and I really have enjoyed building it and launching it on numerous occasions including AIRFest 24.