Book review Make: High-Power Rockets

Front cover of Make: High-Power Rockets - book review make: high-power rocketsWhen I decided to get back into model rocketry, I really did not know a lot about high-power rocketry.  After attending a launch, this facet of the hobby really excited me.  Surfing the internet led me to many sites and sources.  One source was this book.  Here is my book review Make: High-Power Rockets by Mike Westerfield.

Book Review  Make: High-Power Rockets

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Single-Deploy Rocket Checklist

Many times friends, family, and rocket club duties can distract you when you are getting your rocket ready to fly.  It is nice to have a checklist to help you get your rocket ready to fly.  This article will suggest a single-deploy rocket checklist that you can use.

Picture of Tripoli Tampa low-power pads

This checklist covers the basic steps needed to get your single-deploy rocket to the pad.  I will put a PDF version and an editable version at the bottom of the post.

Single-Deploy Rocket Checklist

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Launch Packing List

I put together a rocket launch packing list for folks who intend to launch hobby, sport, or high power rockets.  The list is below as well as a link to a PDF that you can download.


The first time I went to the launch field I found that I should have brought some things that I did not think I would need.   Once I figured out what I should bring, I have forgotten to bring an item on occasion.   So I had to borrow it from a fellow hobbyist.Picture of tool box

Another reason to create a packing list, is that at times you are traveling many miles to a launch.  It would be bad if you got to your destination and you forgot a vital piece of your launch day equipment.

The Launch Packing List

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Avionics Bay Sled

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Avionics Sled

This is a electronics sled for an avionics bay in one of my rockets.  It will be placed inside a Binder Design Excel 4-inch rocket for my Level 2 Tripoli certification.

I used 1/8-inch basswood to make the sled.  I cut it to fit inside the bay with a hobby knife.

The dual deploy altimeter is a PerfectFlite StratologgerCF.  I purchased this board from Chris’ Rocket Supplies.

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