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Old 09-16-2019, 06:09 PM   #1
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We all know fishing has been better, and that many of us don’t spend as much time on the water as we once did.
So, I’ve been building rockets. I went to the Oregon Assn of rocketry launch in Perrydale last Saturday and had a blast I’ve been messing around with the larger Estes two stage kits but have found them unpredictable (as in I tent to not get them back). Today I pulled the trigger on a big boy kit, and my goal is 6,000ft. Any certified fliers here?


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Old 09-16-2019, 06:15 PM   #2
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15 years old and a single stage estes rocket. Couldn't afford to buy more engines so I combined sugar with KNO3 and cooked it up on the burner of our range in the kitchen on a piece of aluminum foil (you're supposed to use a double boiler, but that's too slow). I almost burnt the house down. It sure did work though. MB.
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MB: Sugar can be mixed with a variety of things for fun and games.

I saw a TV show several years ago about a group of guys who got a special permit for a one time only opportunity to go beyond the civilian limit. I forget what it was at the time or how high they reached but it was pretty cool. They made their own fuel. Powdered Aluminum and Magnesium were a major ingredient. Shortly after this show, the government stepped in and started controlling the use of this stuff. Their fuel was the same stuff used in modern solid fuel rockets and boosters.
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Old 09-17-2019, 10:03 AM   #5
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69th ADA Battery in Chania Crete. (If it fly's it dies) Quite a rush having three Hawk missiles take off for a bogy while you sit in a sand bag fox hole beside the trailer launcher hoping the collage kids are getting everything off the pad like it was spose to. each missile was the size of a vw bug and louder than being buzzed by a warthog trying to fly under our radar.

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The only one I ever launched was a C4 SLBM. It tops out at Mach 18 with a range of 7,500 miles. It is a little hard to transport as it weight 130,000 pounds, but it does make a really big boom when it goes off.
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Old 09-18-2019, 05:12 PM   #7
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It’s not that I can’t afford that, it’s just that they won’t sell me one


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It’s not that I can’t afford that, it’s just that they won’t sell me one


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Old 09-18-2019, 07:15 PM   #9
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I missed last week’s launch, but I usually am there. For the last two years previously we launched the largest rocket there by a fairly large margin.

I have run an after school rocket club for twenty years at the school where I teach. I got into high power Rocketry 18 years ago and am currently L2.

This summer we got a new boat and I did very little Rocketry. I was planning to go to Nevada this weekend but I didn’t finish building the rocket I meant to fly there. If weather allows OROC has a planned launch in November at our property west of Salem, you should come!
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This is very cool stuff. I was an Oregon Rocketry member for a year and we attended one of the big launches at the Brothers site.
http://www.oregonrocketry.com/?page_id=8
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Izzat Snoopy in the pilot seat?
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Nope, Chester Cheetah in a astronaut suit. He was from a Subway happy meal in the nineties.
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Nice collection.
Have all those done flight testing?
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Nice collection.
Have all those done flight testing?
Thanks! The white one is a modified kit, the other three are built from scratch.

They have all flown at least a couple times. The smallest flies on G motors, the bigger ones on H or I motors.

The big carbon fiber rocket has flown on K and L motors but could take an M or small N.

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Very impressive! I’ve only built two Estes kits so far but they’re (were) two stage E motors. Lost the first one at home (I live on a large farm, but not large enough I guess) and the second one left at the follies last week. I did hear that someone found it and I will be getting that one back. I just received my first high power rocket today. It’s a LOC precision caliber, 3” diameter and 59” tall, I’m having a ton of fun.

I will be at Brothers next year, and if there is a launch in November I’ll be there as well. I’d love to see that big boy fly!


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