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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The NARTREK Skills Program Bronze Level

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.NARTREK Logo - The NARTREK Skills Program Bronze Level

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.)

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Friends4Michael Charity Rocket Launch

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.Logo - Friends4Michael Charity Rocket Launch

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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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Callahan’s Express Launch

This summer’s weather in Tampa has kept the Tripoli Tampa’s launch pasture closed due to excessive water on the field.  Finally, the winter pattern started, and the daily thunderstorms have ended.  This past weekend was the Buccaneer Blast hosted by Tripoli Tampa and I was able to launch the Callahan’s Express. I planned on launching the rocket on Saturday. After seeing a couple of rockets break apart in flight and watching another one burn up on the launchpad, I decided to put my launch on hold.  Not to worry, I did launch it on Sunday.  So, read on to see more (including a video).Rocket Ready - Callahan's Express Launch

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MAC Performance Scorpion

When I was at the AIRFest 24 launch last Labor Day weekend I met the folks at MAC Performance Rocketry. This company uses canvas phenolic airframes to build very strong rockets that are Mach capable out of the box. I liked what I saw, so I purchased their 54mm scorpion rocket kit with the 38mm motor mount. So, here is the MAC Performance Scorpion.On the pad - MAC Performance Scorpion

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LOC Precision Minnie Magg

One of the rockets in my arsenal is the LOC Precision Minnie Magg.  Produced by LOC Precision up in Wisconsin, it was my Tripoli Level 1 Certification rocket.  I call it the “stubby rocket” and I really have enjoyed building it and launching it on numerous occasions including AIRFest 24.LOC Precision Minnie Magg

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