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.
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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!
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.
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?
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.
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…)
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.