Syracuse Rocket Club launch: Indexed

When I left the club launch today at about 1:30, it was about 89°F, heat index about 101°F, both still rising. I was hearing thunder. If it’d been up to me the launch would’ve been postponed, but it wasn’t, and if it weren’t the Apollo 11 anniversary and if I hadn’t committed to being there…

Trying to stabilize the Dr Zooch Saturn V

I claimed I would not fly the Saturn V again after its unstable flight in May, but maybe I will, with some modification. I built it pretty much according to the instructions, the biggest change (and potentially quite significant, I guess) being substitution of epoxy putty for funky glue putty in the engines. And perhaps…

Building the Dr Zooch Saturn V (part 4)

At a later step, the instructions tell you to fill in the black roll pattern between the two lowest wraps by brush painting. I decided not to do that. Instead I chose to use black vinyl, AKA blackboard contact paper, and it seemed best to do it now before putting the next wrap on. I…

Building the Dr Zooch Saturn V (part 3)

So I did fill the spirals after all, lazily wisely skipping the areas that will be covered by wraps, and then painted the body white. The instructions recommend flat white, but my preference is to do gloss white and then use a dull clear coat at the end. You do the engine fairings by gluing them…

Building the Dr Zooch Saturn V (part 1)

(Edited to correct moon landing date, and Dr Zooch status) Not going to be doing any spray painting this week, so I decided to start a new rocket. From sad experience I know my capacity for procrastination is near limitless so if I want to make the July 20, 2019 deadline I figured starting on…

Fives

The NAR is talking about having local clubs across the country do well-publicized launches, particularly of Saturn V models, on July 20, 2019 — the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. We discussed it at our club and we’ll probably do it, especially since the third Saturday is a usual launch day for us.…