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Return to Model Rocketry

I came across high power rocketry while searching on the web a couple of years ago. I had not flown a rocket since the 1970s.  So, I started doing some more reading, contacted the local Tripoli Prefecture (Tripoli Tampa) and ordered my first kits.  As a result, I have gotten my Tripoli certifications, contributed to the local club leadership, and started this blog.  This post will detail some of the resources and knowledge I have gained in my return to model rocketry.

Estes Rockets on launch pad
Model Rockets on the Pad

When I started this article, I was thinking that it could be covered in one post. As it turned out, it is going to take multiple articles to cover everything. At the end of each article, I will post the link to the next. Here is a list of all the articles in the series.

  • Rocket Kits and Manufacturers – This Article
  • Rocket Propulsion and Motors – Upcoming
  • Electronics – Upcoming
  • Miscellaneous Hardware and Components – Upcoming
  • Things to Do in Rocketry – Upcoming
  • Where to Start Upcoming – Upcoming
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Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7 - Tripoli Tampa May 2019 Launch

Tripoli Tampa May 2019 Launch

It was a beautiful day at the Varn Ranch for the Tripoli Tampa May 2019 launch. The winds in the morning were very light and they picked up slightly around midday. Consequently, a lot of large impulse launches were conducted. Notably, two of the M impulse launches were Tripoli Level 3 Certification flights. Both flights were successful

High Power Pads - Tripoli Tampa May 2019 Launch
High Power Launch Pads
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USF SOAR Two-Stage Rocket Launch

In my report yesterday, I mentioned the fact that the winds were too strong for any high altitude launches. One of the rockets scheduled to launch was the University of South Florida Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry’s huge two-stage rocket project (Codename: TAURUS). So, here are the pictures and video of the USF SOAR Two-Stage Rocket Launch.

USF SOAR Team - USF SOAR Two-Stage Rocket Launch
USF SOAR Construction Team
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NARCON 2019 Report

NARCON is the National Association of Rocketry‘s annual technical conference. The site for this year’s NARCON was the launchpad of America’s space program, Cape Canaveral. So, what follows is my NARCON 2019 report.

Spaceman - NARCON 2019 Report
NARCON Host

Held once a year at a different location, NARCON is a great way to make new friends and reconnect with old friends. Attendees can learn about developments in the model rocketry hobby, rocket history, build techniques and the current status of the United States Space Program.

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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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