Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Best of 2016

Time again to post my favorite rocket stuff from the past year. For the first time since I've been compiling this list, I didn't come up with 10 items. I was on track to do so, but the weather and life, in general, got in the way. The good news is I hope to have a couple of next years items in the bag.

1. Last year, the Chesapeake Sea Monster build made the list. This year, its flight makes the top position. It flew 100% successfully on three D12s and eight C6s. Watch the video here.


2. But, before it flew, there was the Baby CSM.


3. This year saw the release of what I think is the best thing to happen to sport rocketry since the barometric altimeter - Jolly Logic's Chute Release! This unit facilitated a bunch of short walks this past season!

4. My new Fat Boys flew: The Micro Fat Boy and the Fett Boy.


5. A new form of finless rockets emerged: KenECoyote's Ram Air Intake Stabilized (RAIS) designs. I was fortunate to be able to beta test one of them. It worked and, after several successful 'solo' tests, was allowed to fly at NARHAMS!


6. I had wanted a 3-D printed rocket for many years and this year it happened with a Boyce Aerospace Hobbies' 1:312 Saturn V! This cute little thing flew nicely on a C6-3.


7. I didn't fly anything over a 'G' all year. Next year I will, thanks to an order placed with Ken at Performance Hobbies.

8. There were all sorts of cool professional rocket flights (and landings) this year and I even got to see the Antares OA-5 from my front yard. But it was stuntman Eddie Braun's recreation of Evel Knievel's jump over the Snake River that caught my fancy.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sugar Shot to Space's big 12 inch

I haven't posted about this project in a while.  This video is worth watching!

"2 grains 12x20
260 pounds of propellant
Motor by Rick Maschek and Eric Beckner"

Monday, December 12, 2016

Launch status

The chances of getting the finless Apollo Service Module and the Estes Crayons in the air this year is looking worse.