It looks like I will be going to Balls this year. It is funny how sometimes the stars align in such a way and everything seems to fall into place. Since I wasn’t really planning on going to balls I didn’t have a project in mind to launch. As the weeks went by parts and pieces of a project suddenly started to appear.
A fellow rocket geek wanted to sell some fiberglass fins that he didn’t need, it seems that he got the measurements wrong and couldn’t use them on his project. So I bought them.
Then another friend dropped out of rocketry and gave me some 4” fiberglass tubes.
Another friend gave me his fiber glass nosecone, which happened to be a perfect fit with the fiberglass tubing.
I went to Jax the other week to buy ammo; they have a rather well stocked surplus department and happen to have a sale on a military surplus cargo parachute that would work nice on a large rocket, so I bought it.
This kind of thing went on for the next several weeks and finally a rocket kit began to take shape. All I had to do was kludge together the pieces into something flight worthy.
I started design work a week ago (Two weeks until Balls) and found that I had all the parts needed to build a rather stout vehicle. Then my buddy Elvis called and asked if I needed a motor to fly. One of his friends is dropping out of the trip due to family issues he will have a motor case available for me to use, if I wanted to help mix up a batch of propellant. Cool… So I worked on rocket construction during the day, and mixing propellant with Elvis at night.
All is going well. I will post photos of my project in the next few days.
The plywood is just to hold things together while the epoxy cures.
In the mean time here are some specs:
Filament wound fiberglass air frame. 4-3/8” diameter 92” long.
G-10 3/16” thick fins. Clipped delta shape 7” root cord, 16” long
3” motor mount.
Total estimated weight loaded 18lbs
Elvis “Poor-boy propellant”
3” six grain motor with graphite nozzle and plugged forward closure
Motor Designation: M2200 37% M
No name for this rocket yet. Any suggestions?