This rocket was created from the 4-inch Basic Blue kit with the avionics bay from Always Ready Rocketry. Being a big Tampa Bay Lightning fan, I decided I would finish the rocket in their colors. My favorite player on the team is Ryan Callahan. He plays on the checking line and always gives maximum effort on the ice. So here is the Callahan’s Express rocket.
Updated: 20 JULY 2018
It is time to start working on my Tripoli Level Three rocket project. It is going to be a large rocket that will be powered by an “M” motor. I plan on launching the rocket at AIRFest in Argonia, Kansas this upcoming Labor Day weekend. The name of the rocket will be BOTC84. That represents “Best of the Corps” 1984. This post will document my BOTC84 rocket build.
This kit was used for my Tripoli Level Two certification on June 16, 2018 at the TTRA monthly launch. I was looking for a high-quality rocket with a good set of building instructions. The result of my search for such a rocket was the Binder Design Excel with Dual Deploy add-on.
Saturday is the final day of this course. On this day, we all get to see or rocket motors fired from John Wickman’s test facility. So it is time to prep our motors and finish Rocket Motor Design Class – Static Test Day.
The agenda for Friday was mostly concentrated on finishing our rockets in preparation for the static firing on Saturday morning. The propellant had cured overnight and was ready for final motor construction. Let’s review what happened on Rocket Motor Design Class – Day Three. Continue reading “Rocket Motor Design Class – Day Three”
Rocket Motor Design Class – Day Two started with a discussion of solid rocket motors. Interesting fact, one of the first useful American solid rocket motors was made in World War Two. It was used to assist U.S. Army Air Corps bombers in taking off from small Pacific islands as many of the runways were very short. The motor was made with ammonium perchlorate as the oxidizer and asphalt as the fuel.
I signed up for this course a few months ago and it started today. You can find out all the details at Design & Make Your Own Solid Rocket Motors. I flew into Denver yesterday, rented a car, and drove to Caspar, Wyoming to attend this class. After dodging a tornado, driving through a hail storm, and siting antelope; I arrived. So let’s start with the Rocket Motor Design Class – Day One.
The Tampa Tripoli Prefecture launch is this Saturday (June 16). Weather permitting, I will be attempting my Tripoli Level Two certification with a Binder Design Excel dual-deploy kit. Here is my dual-deploy rocket checklist for this weekend’s launch.
This checklist covers items that need to be taken care of before you get to the launch site. Let’s get started…
I have not built a two-stage rocket since I was a teenager. I am going to be trying for my NARTREK certifications, and one of the tasks to complete is a multi-stage rocket build and launch. This article will document an Estes Supernova two-stage rocket build.
It is a classic Estes rocket kit. Cardboard body and motor mount tubes; balsa fins; plastic nose cone and parachutes; and rubber shock cord. Let’s get started!
One of the things I hate is shaking spray paint cans when I am finishing a rocket. I am not interested in getting a paint gun and thinning paint, cleaning, etc. So I end up stuck using spray paint cans.
Many times, the cans have been in storage for a long time and it takes a lot of shaking to get a good paint result. Enter the MixKwik spray paint can shaker! Continue reading “MixKwik Spray Paint Can Shaker”