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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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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