Syracuse Rocket Club launch: Restabilized

I don’t seem to be under a curse any more. This morning it was chilly. There were reports of frost to the north, the first since last spring. Not that cold where we were but mid 30s °F. But the sky was clear and the wind was light, and by late morning it’d warmed up…

Syracuse Rocket Club launch: Bidiscontented

Did I offend some god of rockets or what? It wasn’t a god of weather. We had clear skies, almost no wind, temperature peaking about 80°F. I’ll take it. I started off with Bohica’s Dead Ringer, on a B6-4. Have I flown this rocket before? Yes. On B6? Yes. How many times? Six. Was it…

Syracuse Rocket Club launch: Discontented

There are great launches and less than great launches, and yesterday’s was not in the great category. Not terrible, but not great. Let’s start with this, which you can take as a tip for the next launch you go to: It helps if you bring your rocket motors. Failing that, it helps if you, like…

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…

L1

Even a bad launch is usually pretty good, I guess, but not as good as a really good launch. Today I had a really good launch with the Syracuse Rocket Club. The statistics tell the tale in concealed form: 5 flights 5 successful 9 motors used Impulse classes: 1/2A (3), A (4), C (1), H…

Building the Estes Yankee (part 2)

Don’t even get me started on how much time I spent trying to paint this thing, and on how many things went wrong (some of it the paint’s fault, some of it the painter’s), and on what really should be done better but won’t be, and on freaking peel and stick decals especially when they…

A bit of paint

Temperature today about 60°F; humidity under 50%; very light breeze. I’ll paint in weather like that. Not the Sea Sting, because I put the first primer coat on a few days ago, and I’m basically out of primer for the second coat. Home Depot’s just down the road, but I figure there’s little chance I’ll…

Repairing the Estes Yankee

I’m sure the Yankee lost its nose cone due to boneheadedness on my part. I’d replaced the rubber shock cord with Kevlar, tied to the plastic loop on the nose cone base, and I should have known better. You never do that! Using Kevlar means larger force on the attachment points spread over a smaller area. The…