Nothing new

Today was the first Syracuse Rocket Club launch for 2017. It was pretty much ideal flying weather, warm but not hot, sunny, and light breeze. The field was not quite so ideal, not having been mowed yet. But who’s complaining. And we had a good turnout. Me having blown off most rocketry work for several…

Building a giveaway rocket (part 3)

It’s only been, what, seven and a half months? I painted the fins to match, more or less, the nose cone; put in a screw to secure the nose cone to the payload section; tied elastic between the Kevlar leader and the payload coupler; tied an Estes chute to the elastic. Ready to give away…

Building the ASP V-2 (part 3)

So… obviously I’ve been taking a break from rocketry, mostly. I’ve been more occupied with other things. Went to a few club meetings, missed a couple. Haven’t launched since November, not in Syracuse weather. And haven’t been building aside from very occasional, very brief sessions of sanding the V-2 fins. Basswood. Much less instant gratification than sanding…

JimZ resurrection

For people interested in out of production rockets (particularly in cloning them), JimZ’s Rocket Plans at http://www.spacemodeling.org/jimz/index.htm has been a really valuable resource. Unfortunately in recent years quite a few of the files have gotten lost resulting in broken links. In some cases the Internet Archive Wayback Machine can be used to recover the missing scans but some…

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…