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Lost and Found / Re: Lost 29/180 Dr. Rocket Motor during 11/2/2019 launch
« on: November 04, 2019, 10:24:35 AM »
We will keep an eye open for it.
Joe

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General Discussion / Re: Range Safety Officer/inspections
« on: October 14, 2018, 12:28:46 PM »
Hi Kirk,
The process is relatively simple.  When you arrive you register as a flyer and pay the fees for what you are flying.
You go ahead and prep your rocket and fill out a flight card.  These are available on a table near the LCO. 

Once the flight card is filled out you take the rocket to the RSO, this may be a designated station or designated  person/s depending on the size of the launch. 

Once the RSO signs off on your rocket you will go to the LCO and you will be instructed as to what bank and pad to take your rocket to for launch.  If you are unfamiliar with the system and pads someone will go with you to explain everything.
You will write on your flight card the pad number you used and you will give it to the LCO when you are ready to launch.

The LCO will usually ask if you are ready to launch before the countdown begins.

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Club Launches / March 10, 2018 Launch
« on: March 09, 2018, 08:41:33 AM »
NOTAM has been issued for tomorrow.  Weather looks better than expected earlier in the week. Looks like even the wind is going to cooperate.
Launch is a GO!!   Setup around 8:00-8:30 so we can get going around 10:00.  Waiver expires at 5:00P.M.
Looks like we have several teams and some major cert flights.  Don't miss it.
Joe

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Club Launches / Re: May 13, 2017 Launch
« on: May 14, 2017, 05:58:41 PM »
Yes, it was a great day.  I heard back from Tim and he reported 11,223' in qaltitude and a speed of 667MPH on his EZ I 65, L motor flight.  Not bad for cardboard and plywood.

Joe 

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Announcements / Re: Saturday Evening Cookout
« on: April 19, 2017, 09:20:43 AM »
I can bring chips , both potato and tortilla, and dips and salsa.   

Are buns included in the etc. ?  If not I can get those too if you like.

Joe

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Announcements / Re: Impromptu Launch
« on: February 20, 2017, 12:37:50 PM »
Sorry Bob, 

Yes the launch was at Wildman farm.  Sorry. I hope you got an answer before the fact.  Apparently my notifications are not working.   Next launch will be on March 4.  Again at Wildman.  I will try to remember to bring your vinyl.

Andrew,

The launch went well but there was a lot of wind.  Not many rockets and some less than stellar results.  The good news is that the launch system has been upgraded with all the latest bells and whistles and works great.  We are now totally wireless, encrypted so there is no chance of rf interference, and we can check battery voltage from each bank of pads or and pad from the LCO table. 

We also have two brand new pads coming for this Spring's launch sessions.

This is an example of your launch fees at work.   

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Announcements / Re: John Glenn
« on: December 28, 2016, 09:43:16 AM »
I was in the eighth grade when John Glenn made his first orbits of the earth.  I had a great teacher then who was really into science and it is probably because of him and John Glenn that I am still into rocketry.

On the day Glenn was to orbit the earth our teacher took the entire class to the gym to watch it on
TV.  There were thirty of us watching a 19 inch black and white screen TV owned by the grade school.  The launch was postponed a time or two. After this many years the details of the memories tend to blur a little but I do remember that we would go back and forth at least a couple of times, single file,  like a family of ducks, between our classroom and the gymnasium before the actual launch because of various delays.  We did get to finally watch the launch on live tv.  This teacher, Mr. Stewart, caused me to realize that this was something important.  Watching a current event on TV,  he said, was watching history being made.   He was right.  Now kids in grade school read about that flight in their history books.

We had to wait until that evening to watch the recovery because, unlike today, the recovery wasn't shot live on national tv for everyone to see.  They only had an idea of where the capsule might land and had ships out to find it. 

Thanks to all those who risked everything to further the science of space exploration and Godspeed John Glenn.

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Event Calendar / Re: Launch - 11/26/2016
« on: November 25, 2016, 07:03:47 PM »
Shape Shifter is prepped and loaded for an M flight if not too cloudy and I have hardware for Lee so I'm pretty sure Merlin Missiles will be there with motors and kits and things you don't even know you need yet.

There is going to be at least one L3 attempt with a VERY BIG rocket.  That's all I'm going to say.  Weather looks fair to middlin' with temps getting into the 40's.  Hey it's almost December.  They can't all be like the last launch.....but I wish they were.

See you at the launch!!


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Event Calendar / Re: Launch - 11/26/2016
« on: November 24, 2016, 10:34:08 PM »
Merlin Missiles will be there with Aerotech reloads and probably DMS motors as well.  I will be there with H motors as well if Lee happens to not make it.  Do you have hardware?

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Club Launches / Re: BALLS 25
« on: October 03, 2016, 03:12:06 PM »
What Gary said.  You can't describe this to someone.  You have to experience it.  Count me in for next year. 

I saw Michael test the maximum speed of carbon fiber.  It was just slightly less than his test vehicle speed.  I saw Bill melt carbon fiber fin leading edges with only air friction.  I saw the biggest Jagermeister bottle in history completely implode to nothingness.  Priceless.


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Club Launches / Re: BALLS 25
« on: October 02, 2016, 12:22:23 PM »
I had a great time!!  I must say this was a different experience for me than any other rocket launch I have attended.  First it was the furthest away.  Traveling through Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and finally Nevada was daunting but interesting.  Well, except at night when you couldn't see anything.  Over 2000 miles to our destination and when you get there it really is the end of the road. 

I bought a hat at Bruno's that says, "Where the pavement ends and the Real West begins."  That pretty much puts it in a nutshell.  I have never been in the West so I really enjoyed the scenery.  I now understand what is meant by "Big Sky".

I got to fly two rockets.  One was my Shape Shifter 5 on an Aerotech M1550R.  This would have been pretty impressive at one of our launches as it went to 9300'.  For BALLS it was more like a pop up flight.  It was absolutely straight up and had a perfect recovery at 600 yards away.  My other flight was on my Wildman Extreme Plus.  The plus is because i extended the booster and added a Rouse Tech aluminum fin can.  It hit 20,370' and 1200mph (Mach 1.6) for a new personal best for me thanks to the Dickinson M2300?  My goal on this trip was to break 20,000' so thanks Gary!!

Evan, you never cease to amaze me. For a guy that had never even seen a high power rocket launch a little over a year ago you have come a long way.  Seeing you at BALLS made me proud to be a part of a hobby that not only allows people to grow at the rate they need to but supports them in their efforts and it made me proud to be your friend. Gerald has a great photo of you in his collection on TRF.  I look forward to seeing you next year and I have no doubts that you will be L3.  I offer my services as a TAP also if you need it.  I have a feeling you will not have any difficulty finding one locally though. 

They say that after you go to a BALLS launch it gets in your blood and once you return home you realize that you just have to go back.  I have to say that's not exactly true.  It was a long drive out there (34 hours after a two hour drive to Gary's house), eating fast food, trying to sleep sitting up in the truck.  We arrived at Bruno's "Hotel" that had neither air conditioning nor heat (apparently it was between both seasons) and had a bathroom door that wouldn't close, a microwave oven that only worked on the popcorn setting, a refrigerator that didn't work at all, and dust that got EVERYWHERE!   Did I mention the trains that only run in the wee hours in the morning about 200 feet from the hotel with whistle blasting?  Then it was out to the playa.  A dirty dusty ride 18 to 20 miles out in the middle of nowhere.

No, I didn't come home and decide I have to go back there.  I decided before that.  It was the first trip to the playa before we had ever launched a rocket.  There is something special about a place that rocket attempts to over 200,000' are allowed.  The closest pad from which you may launch is 500' and rockets consist of everything from cardboard, fiberglass, carbon fiber, to aluminum.   There is a commercial K motor minimum limit.  This is the Top Gun of rocketry launches.  The best of the best.  I was very glad to be an observer and to participate in helping with the launch as a Tripoli Gerlach member and to represent Tripoli Mid Ohio by flying my two rockets that seemed to be a small part in the scheme of things but were just as important to me as any.  Looking forward to next year if someone will give me a ride. Wish I had done this when I was younger.

Thanks Gary, Bill, and Michael for allowing me to be a part of your merry band. 

Joe 

     

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General Discussion / Re: How to make pods separate in flight??
« on: July 09, 2016, 08:05:13 AM »
Evan,

I read your post late last night and decided to sleep on it before responding.  My reply is only my opinion as I have never tried the strap on boosters mainly due to the same questions you have raised and I was never that committed to a particular rocket design that I pursued the answers.

I do know that in the mid 1990's there was a lot of discussion on this subject and it hinged on safety and keeping the boosters solidly attached rather than how to release them.  There seemed to be a few that, depending on how they were attached, would leave the rocket under thrust.  If I remember correctly TRA even banned the use of releasable side boosters for a while.  I do not believe that to be the case now.

As far as lighting the cluster I would talk to Bill Good. Not sure if you have met him but he and Gary have a motor starter that will light dirt on demand and Bill has lots of high power cluster experience.  A word of caution if you are going to try to light some motors in a cluster with a timer.  Make sure that, in your case, the side boosters are capable of getting the rocket safely off the pad by themselves and this goes also for the main motor.  With separate events happening on lift off if one of the ignition sequences fails the flight could be a failure, or worse, dangerous.

I do not have any advice on releasing the boosters without knowing how the would be attached in the first place but your initial goal is to assure that there is no possible way that they can come detached passively.  I would table the drag separation concept.  This sounds like an exciting project and I know it can be done as I have seen similar projects.  Some successful and some not so much but I think you can handle it.

I hope you get more responses on here.

Joe

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Swap Meet / wanted 5" fg switchband
« on: April 28, 2016, 03:47:04 PM »
I know this is a long shot but I am looking for a 5"  fiberglass tube switchband probably 2" long or close to that.  I have a Shape Shifter 5 that I bought from an individual and it was missing.   I was going to build it without one but it turns out that for the chute I am using the extra couple of inches this would give me in the payload bay would be a good thing. 

Thanks,
Joe

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Club Launches / Re: April 23rd Launch
« on: April 22, 2016, 09:41:15 PM »
Yep.  NOTAM is called in.  Launch begins at 10:00 A.M. Saturday or as soon after that as possible once enough folks show up to help set up the equipment. 

18,000' MSL waiver.  1/8" to 1/4" low and mid power rods  and plenty of 1010 and 1515 rails and our quality Wilson F/X wireless launch system.   Looks like there will be at least one L3 attempt and maybe even more M motors.  Looks like our best weather yet!!

 Joe

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Announcements / Re: April 10 Launch
« on: April 11, 2016, 11:36:15 AM »
Thanks Gary,

You know I seldom remember the weather at a launch after just a few days but, as was apparent after yesterday's launch by the tales spun around the trailer after packing everything away, most of us often remember the people and the flights many years after the fact. 

I have people that I truly count as friends whom I see only at rocket launches.  There are flights that stand out but mostly it's the people.  I have been doing this for a long time and the people who share this passion of rocketry are the best.  Willing to share knowledge and rocket parts and even opinions occasionally.

I didn't launch any rockets yesterday but I spent money with Merlin Missiles, I bought some motors from Andrew for a really good price and he swore they were only used one time.  ;)  I did manage to get one or two of the brownies also.

Looking forward top the next launch.  I may even launch something. 

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