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Archive for September, 2007

Our Planet on Rocketry Planet

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

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…)


Saturday, September 29th, 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. 


Estes Astrovision Digital Video Rocket

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

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.


Sputnik Odd Roc

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

The Sputnik would be a very appropriate Odd Roc for the Oct 6th SEARS launch since the 50th anniversary of Russian Sputnik flight is on October 4th. This is John Stein’s Sputnik:



On-Board Video Blooper

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

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…)

Google Lunar X Prize

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

This is exciting! Read about it here. Maybe some of our fellow rocketeers will have a opportunity to work for a team.

Snitch Chad Staging Experiment

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

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.


Welcome to SEARS Magazine

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

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.