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.