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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.