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Get down, get up

Okay, here’s the bad (badd?) news: Badd Azz Rocketry will be shutting down soon. Owner Eric Foster needs more family time, and has health issues. And here’s the good news: Flight Systems Inc. will be coming back soon. There’s not much at the web site but they say they’ll launch their product page on 1 Sep…

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Building the Bad Cholesterol Block II

I’m about out of time. I’ve been doing some thinking and coming to the conclusion I’m not going to finish the electronics for TRDRM by Saturday, not unless it’s at the expense of something higher priority. So I’ve decided just to focus on getting it, and the Bad Cholesterol, ready for day launch. I can…

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Building The Rocket Doctors Recommend Most (Part 9)

Onward and… well… upward. I connected the two rows of three LEDs for the Pink Bismuth Bottle (PBB), epoxied them to the tube, and connected up the wires coming from the BBB and going to the Vaseline Bottle (VB). The wire ends were taped down so I could keep them straight while applying a voltage to…

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Building The Rocket Doctors Recommend Most (Part 8)

Time to start putting the airframe together. Here’s the Big Blue Bottle (BBB) dry fit onto the tube. There are notches around the hole in the lid for the wires and shock cord to pass through. I wasn’t sure how well epoxy was going to hold to the unknown plastic, so I put a centering…

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Rocketry goals review for July 2014

Here’s how my 2014 rocketry goals are going: Fly some larger rockets Good this month. Successful Ventris flight. Aerotech Mustang completed but not yet flown. Fly more 24mm BP Not this month.  Fly some composite motors Good this month. Ventris went up on another Ceseroni. Put an entry (however pathetic) into each club launch contest and theme Good this…

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Contacting Estes

You may remember in late June I had an Estes E9-6 motor cato. I filed a MESS report and I also contacted Estes. I didn’t hear anything back from Estes but didn’t think much about it until Dick Stafford reported a problem: Estes support timeline: I emailed customer support on Sunday. Acknowledgement email received Tuesday.…

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Building The Rocket Doctors Recommend Most (Part 7)

Earlier I’d cut some notches around the hole at the bottom of the Pink Bismuth Bottle (PBB) to accommodate the LEDs. Which I realized a couple days ago was highly stupid, because I didn’t consider that there would be wires between the LEDs that would also need clearance. So I decided to just go ahead…