It was a beautiful day at the Varn Ranch. The Prefecture’s usual suspects, USF students, and Boy Scouts all showed up yesterday for our monthly fun. What fun you ask? Why the Tripoli Tampa February 2019 Launch, of course.Continue reading “Tripoli Tampa February 2019 Launch”
This article will provide instructions on how to add your rockets, pictures, and launches to the Fun With Rockets Toolkit. The FwR Toolkit is a database of kits, motors, cases, and launch fields that a visitor can use as an aid to their rocketry hobby.
One feature of the Toolkit is the ability of a user to add their own rockets to the database. I am not good at writing documentation, so I will be adding a lot of pictures to this post.Continue reading “Adding Rockets to the Toolkit”
It was a windy day when the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4283 rocket launched. The launch location was Tripoli Tampa’s home field just north of Plant City, Florida. Despite the wind, we had a good turn-out for the launch and I think that everyone enjoyed themselves.
Altitude Attained – 3951 feetContinue reading “Post 4283 Rocket Launched”
I have not posted in almost a month. The holidays were partly to blame. However, the development and release of a web application is the primary reason for the vacation. So, I am pleased to announce the launch of the Fun With Rockets Toolkit.Continue reading “Fun With Rockets Toolkit”
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.Continue reading “LDRS 38 Master Plan”
After a rainy start to the morning, the Tripoli Tampa Rocket Association launch took place on December 15th, 2018. The weather did not look good when I got up. After a few texts and Facebook messages, I loaded up the car and headed to the field.Continue reading “Tripoli Tampa December 2018 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.
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.Continue reading “VFW Post 4283 Launch”
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.)