Our Planet is a Social Networking site for rocket folks. I had always been hesitant about social networking, but this is cool. There are 110 members so far. I have picked up a number of friends. It will be nice interacting with folks I see at out of town launches that I’d like to get to know better. If you are a rocketeer consider joining. Thanks to Darrell Mobley of Rocketry Planet for making this happen! (more…)
Archive for September, 2007
I recently was awarded my NARTREK gold from the NAR. The NARTREK program is a self-paced program designed to improve your knowledge and skill in rocketry step by step. You can read more about it here.
The program is a lot of fun. I heard from some people that they thought it was for kids, but I would say that it is far from it.
The progression from Bronze to Silver to Gold seems easy, but some of the steps can be a challenge. The main thing is that you really do not know which one will be your challenge until you do it.
The Bronze has 4 steps:
- Perform a 60-second parachute duration flight with a kit model.
- Perform a 30-second streamer duration flight with a kit model.
- Perform a two-staged flight with a kit model.
- Perform a large model flight (D motor or above) with a kit model.
My rockets for the Bronze can be seen here.
I have spotted two Estes Astrovision Digital Video Rockets at the Panama City Hobby Lobby. With a 40% off coupon it would be about $45. Let me know if you want me to pick one up for you. I can bring it to a future launch. I think this would be a nice Christmas present idea.
Bloopers do attract the most attention. I launched an Oregon Scientific ATC-2K Action Cam on my PML 4 inch AMRAAM. The flight was great but to our surprise the camera was missing from the rocket. (more…)
This is exciting! Read about it here. Maybe some of our fellow rocketeers will have a opportunity to work for a team.
At the May 5th SEARS launch I decided to try different combinations of motors to CHAD stage an Estes Snitch. CHAD means Cheap and Dirty.
I encourage SEARS Members to share your rocket tips, equipment reviews, or rocket projects here. Just request a user name from me via email and give it a try.