Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7 - Tripoli Tampa May 2019 Launch

Tripoli Tampa May 2019 Launch

It was a beautiful day at the Varn Ranch for the Tripoli Tampa May 2019 launch. The winds in the morning were very light and they picked up slightly around midday. Consequently, a lot of large impulse launches were conducted. Notably, two of the M impulse launches were Tripoli Level 3 Certification flights. Both flights were successful

High Power Pads - Tripoli Tampa May 2019 Launch
High Power Launch Pads
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USF SOAR Two-Stage Rocket Launch

In my report yesterday, I mentioned the fact that the winds were too strong for any high altitude launches. One of the rockets scheduled to launch was the University of South Florida Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry’s huge two-stage rocket project (Codename: TAURUS). So, here are the pictures and video of the USF SOAR Two-Stage Rocket Launch.

USF SOAR Team - USF SOAR Two-Stage Rocket Launch
USF SOAR Construction Team
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LDRS 38 Master Plan

In August 2018, Kloudbusters put out a press release announcing that their field will be the site of the next Tripoli Large Dangerous Rocket Ships (LDRS) Annual Launch.  I was at AIRFest this year, and enjoyed my time on the flight line.  So, it is only natural that I would want to attend the LDRS next year.  With that, what follows is my LDRS 38 Master Plan. 

LDRS37 Launch - LDRS38 Master Plan
Big Rocket – LDRS 37
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VFW Post 4283 Launch

Next month I am going to launch a rocket on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars(VFW) Post 4283 which is based in Dade City, Florida. They are always looking for ways to raise money to cover their operating expenses and to make capital improvements. They also like to gamble a little bit…. So I thought that I would build a rocket and let people buy predictions on how high it will fly. The winner will get one half of the prize pool and the Post will get the other half.

Dade Dart in the Bar - VFW Post 4283 Launch
Dade Dart in the VFW Bar

The rocket launch is scheduled for the January launch ( January 19, 2019 ) on Tripoli Tampa’s field near Plant City, Florida. Some of the Post members have said that they will be attending the launch. If you are interested in attending this launch, check out the Tripoli Tampa website for information on attending a launch or contact me.

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LOC Precision 4-inch V-2 Rocket

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.Camoflage - LOC Precision 4-inch V-2 Rocket

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Callahan’s Express Rocket Recovery

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.

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