Category Archives: Rocketry

Rockets as a hobby; platforms for exploring the upper atmosphere, carrying instruments, or just for fun.

Experimental Rocket #11 – Its Life & Death

Well, some days are better than others. We are always learning new things, but this process can sometimes present a challenge or two. And so it was with the ill-fated first flight of Experimental Rocket #11. Continue reading…

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Experimental Rocket #11

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Now, it’s time for Rocket #11 to proudly take its place in the everlasting annals of amateur rocketry. And so, a new story begins…. Continue reading…

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Truly Boring Little Projects & Shop Chores

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Here are a few details of the “little projects” and shop chores that tend to occupy my time between longer-term “big projects”. Continue reading…

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Amateur Rocket Flies to 121K Feet

Watch this video of an amateur rocket’s flight and prepare to be impressed. Continue reading…

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A Rocket Lands the Way a Rocket is Supposed to Land

Grasshopper rocket. Image: wired.co.uk.

The “Grasshopper” represents the next phase of this evolution, taking off and landing the way those 1950’s sci-fi movies and comics told us was the way it should be done. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: The Perils of the Pioneer

The quest continues. This morning (Sunday, 23 June) another group, Copenhagen Suborbitals, successfully launched their Saphire rocket on the second try from a platform in the Baltic Sea. Continue reading…

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Part 10 – Experimental Rocket #10 Project

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This time, we’ll wrap-up this mesmerizing series with its exhilarating conclusion – final preparation and the first flight. Golly, who knows what will happen? Continue reading…

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Part 9 – Experimental Rocket #10 Project

This time, we’ll discuss payload bay static ports and the more mundane tasks like adding more epoxy to the motor retainer; filing spiral body tube grooves and sanding the rocket. We’re getting close to the end – finally. Continue reading…

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Part 8 – Experimental Rocket #10 Project

This time, we’ll talk about how I determined the rocket’s center of gravity and center of pressure. We’ll also see the result from the first rocket stability simulation. Wow! Even more rocket science!! Continue reading…

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Part 6 – Experimental Rocket #10 Project

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This time, we’ll actually install the shock cord anchor, the stainless steel wadding and the motor mount assembly. Other topics will include applying epoxy and installing the fins. Double wow – We’re on a roll, now! Continue reading…

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