Aerospace Specialty Products Hang Time Rocket

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.Aerospace Specialty Products Hang Time Rocket

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Sky Condor Boost Glider

I am interested in earning the NAR’s National Association of Rocketry Training Rocketeers for Experience and Knowledge (NARTREK) achievements. One of the tasks for the Silver achievement is the construction and flight of a boosted glider. Apogee Components has suggested kits for completing each level of the program. The Sky Condor Boost Glider is a recommended kit for the Silver level.Package - Sky Condor Boost Glider

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BOTC84 Electronics Bay

Sled Layout - BOTC84 Electronics BayThe BOTC84 Electronics Bay is a standard bay constructed of Blue Tube coupler that fits inside of the main body tube.  The rest of the structure is aircraft grade plywood of various thicknesses.  The Tripoli Level 3 certification rules stipulate redundant deployment electronics.  I will be using a Altus Metrum TeleMega 3.0 for the primary and a PerfectFlite StratologgerCF as the backup.

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BOTC84 Nosecone

LOC Precision Removabme Nose Weight System Components - BOTC84 ROcket BuildThe LOC Precision Removable Nose Weight System requires more construction but the end results are worth it.  If your rocket is unstable, this system will help you get the center-of-gravity farther forward.  In the case of the BOTC84, the system will be used to house tracking electronics as the nosecone will be recovered under a separate parachute.  Instructions can be downloaded here.  So, let’s get on with the BOTC84 nosecone build.

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BOTC84 Rocket Build

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.

Schematic - BOTC84 Rocket Build

Updated: 23 August 2018

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Estes Supernova Two-stage rocket build

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.

Here are the kit parts.Kit parts - 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!

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