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…

Six for six (kind of)

Five of my six rocket launches today, five during the daylight portion of the Syracuse Rocket Club launch and one during the night launch. Clockwise from top left: FlisKits Caution! Rocket Launch in Progress! (my first cardstock rocket); Estes Loadstar II (sustainer stage only); Rocketarium Retro Rebel (my first odd-roc); Loadstar II (sustainer; my first…

Upward

I finished the Caution! Rocket Launch in Progress! Wednesday, except that, since it was printed on an ink jet printer, a clear coat is going to be mandatory. I’ll do that and paint the Loadstar II this weekend if the weather cooperates. Yesterday I made a new motor mount and body tube for the Retro…