Rocketry goals for 2017

I’m being more laid back with my rocketry goals this year. I’m thinking I’ll continue devoting more time and effort to non rocketry activities than in the past couple years. I don’t plan on doing any dual deployment this year… well, maybe if I find myself with the cash I’ll get a Chute Release and play…

Rocketry goals review for November/December 2016

So that was a year, huh. Yes, I definitely dialed down my rocket activity in 2016, particularly the last half. Partly for financial reasons. Partly because a lot of what I worked on led to less than good results, and that doesn’t bolster enthusiasm. For November/December: Dual deployment: (Again:) Nothing. Enter at least three club…

Spacecraft 3D

You like this Delta II Heavy model?Good, because you can have one just like it on your table. Go here. Download the AR target and print it out. Download the Android or iOS app and run it. Navigate Select Spacecraft > Launch > Delta II Heavy, point your phone at the target, and there you…

Building the ASP V-2 (part 2)

At the rate I’m starting here I’m going to need all those months before May, but start I have. I haven’t argued with the instructions much. I did file a notch in the larger centering ring used to anchor the shock cord leader, to ease clearance for that leader. I’m sure it wasn’t necessary but…

Secret Last Hurrah

Saturday before Thanksgiving, so it was Walt’s Secret Santa day at Walt’s HobbyTown. Inside, things were pretty much as usual for the Syracuse Rocket Club: Rockets on dispay,motors and casings and electronics,videos, and books. What was unusual was outside. 70°F at the airport, it says here; clear skies and dead calm… in the morning. Mid…

Building the ASP V-2 (part 1)

Back in 2013 I bought a Semroc V-2 kit. This was one of their “X Kits”: a bag of parts intended to replicate as closely as possible a classic kit, in this case the Estes K-22 V-2, with no instructions. Instead they told you how to find the instructions for the original kit online. (I’m…

Rocketry goals review for October 2016

An even less rocket-intensive month. There was a meeting. I did significant work on one rocket. There was a club launch which I missed. Dual deployment: (Again:) Nothing. Will not be doing this in 2016. Enter at least three club contests, putting some effort into improving my knowledge and skills in those three rocketry areas: Nothing. NARTREK Gold:…