Repairing the Sky Condor

When I went to fly the Condor yesterday I realized I’d never gotten around to repairing a problem. The Condor is designed without a thrust ring, so only the tongue on the motor hook stops the motor from moving forward. On the last flight, the hook was shoved forward into the body tube. I flew…

Glide, glided, glade

Today’s club launch had its ups and good parts and bad parts. I showed up with seven rockets, planning up to nine flights but probably less. Not everything happened as planned. We got under way late, due to not being on time. Weather started out overcast (though it’d been almost cloudless when I left home… then again,…

The Fleet, 2013

As the 2013 launch season comes to a close, here’s the present fleet:Left to right: Estes Metalizer, Test to Destruction, Estes Tornado, Edmonds Aerospace Deltie, Estes Patriot, Downscale Patriot, Patrioony, Sky Condor, Rocketarium Retro Rebel, Estes Loadstar II, Estes Eggscaliber. Front: FlisKits Caution! Rocket Launch In Progress!

September SRC launch

Kenny and I went to the Syracuse Rocket Club launch today. Skies were cloudy, temperatures in the fifties, and wind about 8 MPH; no rain, aside from a moment of drizzle on the way there. The field was wet from last night’s rain, something neither of us had taken into account in selecting footwear, and…

Squat and glide

Kenny and I went to our second Syracuse Rocket Club launch today. We brought only two rockets this time, the Odd’l Rockets “Squatty Body” and Sky “Condor” boost glider I’d just made. Each flew only once and will need attention before flying again. The Squatty Body came down too fast; I think the streamer they…