Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Super nova payloader

This is it! After about 2 years off, I have returned to hobby rocketry. As a result of several issues, the biggest being new BATF regulations that make the hobby of high power very expensive and hard to deal with, particularly for NYC residents, I will start out slow and stick to mid and low power work. I have a rocket ready that will be great on D and 2x24mm reload clusters. Also, I got a new Super Nova Payloader and will fly that on single 24mm motors of all kinds. All of my larger rockets remain, but some are in need of a ton of work. They will be set aside for quite a while, only the smaller kits will fly for now. However I feel it is important to relearn and do better at low and mid power work and only later move up organically. All too often people in this hobby, myself included, get forced into this passion for higher levels of certification, faster flights and greater altitudes, but I think that can ruin the fun. I have never seen a flight better than my first composite motor - a SNP (the one seen above) on an E15. PERFECTION. Expect a launch report soon! Here is a video of a Super Nova Payloader on D power:

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Saturn V Large Scale Cutaway

Enjoy this all time great rocket, one of the most sexy yet made. If only we had a few left for large scale missions to mars or the outer planets, or to launch large space telescopes (a folding 30 foot mirror could probably be made to fit on top of a modified Saturn). I know it probably cost a ton, but so does the space shuttle.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Project Tupelo

This is project Tupleo, one of the best I have seen so far. See below for the details.

"I had this project in mind prior to the start of my two 2002 projects, the M-Python and the Shock Value. This project combines those two rockets into a two-stage configuration. The objective is to get the highest possible altitude out of my M1315 motor used as a booster. For some reason, I got stuck trying to come up with a name for this project. Whenever I get stuck on something, I've found that the best thing to do is ask the question "What would Elvis do?". If I was Elvis, I would name it "Tupelo."

More about Tupelo

Friday, June 1, 2007

Sprint ABM Video

You may remember a post I did a long time ago about the sprint system. This is a great video of the sprint in action. Here is some basic Sprint info for you:

"This is the sprint system. It was a two stage rocket with a 1 KT Neutron bomb to take out the IRVs via explosive force and neutron flux. It worked up to 100,000 feet, and could hit more than mach 10. It was about 7,700 lbs, but took off with 650,000 lbs of thrust. Acceleration was 100 Gs."