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…

At long last launch

For the first time this year, the Syracuse Rocket Club held a launch. To recap the story so far: Over the winter and spring between our last launch of 2013 and our first scheduled launch of 2014 I built and finished (except the Yankee) seven new rockets: Bob Harrington cardstock mini Satellite Interceptor Fliskits Caution! SRC Rocket Launch…

Finishing touches

The rockets I said were “ready” were not quite ready; some things like shock cords and egg padding needed some work. Which I’ve now done. The Yankee was basically ready in January, except that it needed a new streamer for the NARTREK Bronze duration attempt. I finished that up with a couple of reinforcements and a holefor…

Welcome home!

This ought to make a great streamer, right? Well, except the Yankee needs something smaller, so it’ll have to be cut down and you won’t be able to read it. Still, it’s 1 mil Mylar (or something like Mylar), about 6 inches by 15 feet. Good raw material, I expect.