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Mrs. Wilson’s Rocketeers

Friday, May 16th, 2008


Mrs Wilson’s 3rd grade class at West DeFuniak Elementary capped their science study of Space Exploration with a fun filled morning of model rockets this past Thursday, May 15th.


Eagleman is Ready

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Our newest SEARS member Daymon Campbell A.K.A. Eagleman has purchased a canopy, a range box and built an Estes rocket for the May 10th Launch. He tested out the gear at his home in Chipley and sent along some pictures.

See more pictures here. Way to Go Daymon!


Titans of Trajectory

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

The Auburn University Student launch Initiative (USLI) team is attending SEARS launches this year to test their rocket. They are also known as the Titans of Trajectory. Learn more on their website. Chris Short is one of the team members.


NASA Space Place - March

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Tracking Wildlife from Space

by Patrick Barry

It’s 10 o’clock, and do you know where your Oriental Honey Buzzard is?

Tracking the whereabouts of birds and other migrating wildlife across thousands of miles of land, air, and sea is no easy feat. Yet to protect the habitats of endangered species, scientists need to know where these roving animals go during their seasonal travels.


Nasa Space Place - February

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Invisible Spiral Arms

by Patrick Barry

At one time or another, we’ve all stared at beautiful images of spiral galaxies, daydreaming about the billions of stars and countless worlds they contain. What mysteries—and even life forms—must lurk within those vast disks?


Thrust and Horsepower in Model Rockets

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

The question has come up as to how one can convert thrust from a model or high power rocket into horsepower. The real question is can thrust and horsepower be interchangeable measures? Not really but let’s take a look.


NASA Space Place

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

The Red (Hot?) Planet

by Patrick L. Barry

Don’t let Mars’s cold, quiet demeanor fool you. For much of its history, the Red Planet has been a fiery world. (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. 


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.